A consultant to the Journey Home task force on homelessness in Kelowna cost taxpayers just a little more than it budgeted — $120,000.

Alina Turner Strategies provided consulting services during the Journey Home task force deliberations and consultations prior to the submission of its final report in June.

Turner is acknowledged as one of the leading experts in how to deal with urban homelessness and from her work with the task force emerged the five-year plan to end functional street homelessness.

It recommends the city spend $47 million to provide an array of supportive housing options including primary supportive housing for the chronic street homeless under the philosphy of Housing First.