The Kenora District Services Board is backing calls for more long-term beds in Sioux Lookout.
Mayor Doug Lawrance says it's their number one priority, as they meet with provincial cabinet ministers in Niagara Falls. Lawrance says they need 76 more beds to meet their needs.
Lawrence emphasized the beds were part of the original plan for the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, and they shouldn't be built in Thunder Bay. Mayors and councillors are gathering in southern Ontario for the annual association of municipalities conference.
The KDSB is also looking at the creation of a national housing bank to ease tight markets in the district.
Directors with the district services board say a family would need to make at least $33,000 to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Since this is beyond the means of many low-income earners, the services board is looking at ways to create new units.
The board also has units - where the mortgages are paid off - but financing is needed to help pay maintenance costs.
The KDSB held their monthly board meeting this morning in Dryden.