As Yellowknife reopens, work is being done to bring back the city’s homeless population – CBC

Sep 11, 2023

Residents were told to evacuate the northern Canadian city by Aug. 18

As the re-entry to Yellowknife continues, work has been underway to track down and arrange for the return of the city’s homeless population.

The last homelessness count in the city found there were approximately 300 people who identified as homeless, of which roughly 100 stay in shelters every night, according to Tony Brushett, the executive director of the Yellowknife Salvation Army.

When the evacuation order came down mid-August for everyone to leave the city, some clients left with family or friends while others were flown to various cities, such as Calgary, Brushett said.

Now that the city has reopened, the agency said there have been challenges in tracking people down at hotels or shelters to organize a way home.

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