The 10-year plan could end homelessness in Yellowknife, at a cost of $170 million according to the consultant developing a plan for the City of Yellowknife.

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Dr. Alina Turner says the sum is “a huge amount” but said the end result would be worth the money.

Turner has been working on the plan since February and was delivering an update before her final report in June.

Councillors reacted with enthusiasm at the prospect of a strategy to end homelessness, but expressed concern at some statistics and the associated price tag.

To estimate the number of homeless in the community, Turner used information from emergency shelters and statistics related to core housing need.