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N.W.T. transition home project nets federal funds

Efforts to build Betty House, a transition home for homeless women in Yellowknife, have received a financial boost from the federal government.

Efforts to build Betty House, a transition home for homeless women in Yellowknife, received a big financial boost from the federal government on Thursday.

Alberta Conservative MP Ted Menzies, the minister of state for finance, announced that the City of Yellowknife will distribute $1,250,556 in federal homelessness strategy funding to local groups over the next three years.

Ted Menzies, the federal minister of state for finance, announces more than $1.2 million in homelessness strategy funding in Yellowknife on Thursday. ((CBC) )

Most of that funding will go towards the construction of Betty House, which will offer transitional housing to northern women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The facility, to be located in downtown Yellowknife, will be owned and operated by the YWCA.

The Yellowknife Homelessness Coalition, which spearheaded the project, estimates construction of Betty House will cost at least $6 million.

"The majority of the money will go towards the actual capital construction of the transitional home," Dayle Hernblad, coordinator with the coalition, told CBC News.

"The transitional home is going to be a multimillion-dollar [project]. We're not exactly sure of the dollar amount, but we're budgeting about $6.2 million."

The funding announced on Thursday is part of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, a federal program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness.

To date, the program has provided more than $633 million to 1,746 projects across Canada, according to a news release.