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