Early in the pandemic, Jason Cipparrone spotted a sight he’d never before seen in his neighbourhood.

“One day I walk out of my apartment and I walk two blocks down by a church that’s in the community, and I notice that there were about 400 people lined up on the sidewalk. It spanned multiple blocks, people waiting for the food bank,” he told CBC’s Our Toronto.

“That was something that I’ve never experienced before living in Toronto.”

Out of that moment, Generation Homeless, was born. Seeing the stark impact of the pandemic on individuals, Cipparrone decided to document the experiences of those struggling with homelessness in Canadian cities.

Lambton County councillors want the extra provincial funding that’s helping provide overflow homeless shelters in the community to continue beyond when it’s scheduled to run out in October.

The county has received about $6 million in additional COVID-related funding for social services, the bulk of which has been used to add temporarily shelter space after the number of homeless residents in the Sarnia area spiked during the pandemic.

Lambton normally has about 60 people living in shelters but, in May, that number was nearly 240, with the overflow living in temporary shelter accommodations in local hotels

London’s last remaining pop-up shelter appears to be in its final days as city politicians recommended moving its services to another location — likely hotel rooms — starting next month.

The temporary shelter, one of two set up last winter as an emergency response for people living on the street, was extended to allow the collection of construction trailers to stay in a parking lot at the corner of York and Colborne streets until the end of June.

Now, city hall wants to use $1.15 million of provincial funding to have a coalition of community agencies continue the work in an “alternate” spot.