Dorm-style shelters are being explored by the region, as part of their plan to address affordable housing.
It's all part of the Emergency Shelter Planning update, passed unanimously by Regional Council on Tuesday during a marathon meeting.
Among the initiatives is to open two dormitory-style shelters for up to a year for adult males, creating up to 144 emergency shelter spaces to help fill a shortage of beds.
Between space rental and staffing/operating costs, the region would spend up to $3.6-million dollars per site.
While doing this, council also asked staff to look at options for developing alternative housing and supports.