The Eurobodalla Shire's new council is already putting in work almost three weeks before the first official meeting in February.
New Mayor Mat Hatcher announced on Facebook on January 9 that councillors would be briefed by the council on the current "housing and homelessness crisis" on January 17, followed by a briefing with local homelessness groups the following day.
Mr Hatcher told the Bay Post the homelessness issue was one of the first things he received messages from the community about after his election in December.
"It came about because from the moment I was announced as Mayor, I started getting comments, emails and texts about this matter," he said.
"On that first day, I was contacted by two different people in the community with less than two weeks to vacate their current premises.
"Both had children, and both had nowhere to go - they had local jobs, but they were going to be out on the streets or living in a car if nothing changed.
"That made me instantly contact the other councillors and say 'we need to get on top of this'.
"There won't be an easy solution, but this is about getting people around the table and having discussions as soon as possible."
Mr Hatcher said councillors would put their heads together to sort out "short-term solutions" to the issue.
"We'll have a full briefing by council staff about where they're up to and what they're already doing in that space on Monday," he said.
"That'll be based around short-term solutions and advocacy for those solutions.
"The following day we're engaging with stakeholders and not-for-profits who are working in that space on more medium and long-term solutions.
"They will be briefed by the council, and we'll be briefed by them, and they can hear from one another to help find any gaps we may have in that market."
The Mayor said homelessness, and the supply of short-term rental options, was key to the continued success of the Eurobodalla Shire.
"This briefing will be more about those short-term people who can afford accommodation, but have no access to it because of supply," he said.
"There's a whole other string of people who are going through long-term homelessness, and that's why we're bringing the stakeholders in on day two.
"We have the houses available, and there's no way for council to force people to do anything with their homes or investment properties, nor should there be.
"We're just asking that people think about the long-term prospects if we don't have homes for people. We may only have 10 people coming forward, but that's 10 families who won't be sleeping on the streets.
"It's important we have the space for these people, because if we don't we'll struggle to have the Level 4 Hospital, and we'll struggle to open any businesses because we won't be able to house the staff."