Sarnia-Lambton has reached an “unprecedented emergency” with all shelters full and more than 200 homeless men, women and children being put up nightly at hotels and motels.

“We’ve had a drastic increase in the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness,” said Ian Hanney, Lambton’s supervisor of homelessness prevention and social planning.

“We’ve had a steep and rapid incline. We’ve had all hands on deck at the county, internally and with our community partners, to address what’s been an unprecedented emergency.”