Yellowknife, NWT – The clock is ticking down on the downtown Yellowknife day shelter.

The facility is set to close in about a week and a half.

The shelter provides a space for homeless people and others to occupy their time during the day.

There are concerns that its impending closure will bring an influx of street people into the city’s downtown core.

The shelter has been run since the beginning of April by the N.W.T Disabilities Council.

It stepped in after the John Howard Society decided to stop running the facility, something it had done since it opened some four years ago.

The shelter is overseen by Yellowknife Health and Social Services.

The city has budgeted $50,000 for its operation this year.

Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck is watching developments closely.

“We’ll work closely with YHSSA to assist in any way we can. We still have dollars on the table to contribute and council’s been pretty clear that they’re supportive of that initiative.”

The mayor says the shelter will re-open in the fall with a new operator in a new location.

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