10/11/2017 7:26:28 AM

On the ground, workers will be helping out Norfolk's homeless -- eventually.

Tuesday night at council, our elected officials reversed their decision to hire seven full-time employees for their Homelessness Prevention Program in favor of outsourcing the project to the lowest bidder.

That was Haldimand-Norfolk's manager of social services and housing Heidy Van Dyk.

Though all costs would have been covered by the Ministry of Housing, half of our elected officials felt the $566,000 in annual salaries was too steep and wanted to outsource the project in hopes that more money would go towards the program.

Councillor Michael Columbus was not at the meeting and the vote to keep with last weeks plan ended up in a tie.

Without a tiebreaker available, the motion was automatically defeated.

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