The federal government is funding a new residential program in Yellowknife for Inmates on conditional release from federal prisons.

Federal offenders released from prison are often required to live in supervised housing but for the last three and a half years Edmonton was the closest city to the N.W.T. with that kind of facility.

Lydia Bardak, chair of the Yellowknife Community Justice Committee, says releasing Northerners down south can be a traumatic experience.

"If they've never been to Edmonton, that's quite a big difference," she said. "They don't have the grandparents or the aunties and uncles or their children. It's much more anonymous. And that's never good for anybody, to not be connected to home and community."

Up to four beds at the Bailey House transitional housing facility are planned to be designated for federal offenders.

Capt. Ruth Gillingham of the Salvation Army in Yellowknife, which runs Bailey House, says individuals who are incarcerated in the south have a right to go home.

"It's a lot better for the community if they actually have that transitional time," she said. "So if they come into a facility, they have some monitoring still, so they still have parameters that they have to adhere to."

The proposed facility will operate for one year starting in July.