Katherine's population is expected to surge again after the lifting of biosecurity zones from June 5 but there are no plans to increase temporary accommodation such as being provided in Darwin.
Residents of remote communities will be able to move freely back to their major regional centre to visit families, for medical appointments, shopping and schools.
Previously they were forced to undertake 14 days of quarantine before entering those vulnerable communities.
Police are already gearing up for the influx of people to Katherine.
The NT Government this week unveiled a facility in Darwin to offer a safe place to stay for visitors from remote communities.
Part of a former workers' village in Marrara has been repurposed to assist vulnerable Territorians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The facility will open on June 5 to coincide with the lifting of biosecurity restrictions in remote communities, complementing existing commercial options in the Greater Darwin area.
Up to 50 short-stay beds will be available at the new facility that will initially operate for a two-month period.
Meals, as well as laundry and ablution facilities will be available for overnight visitors.
Katherine already has many welfare providers such as the Salvation Army's Hub which provides laundry and showering but there seems little in place to prevent the rise of homelessness again which has plagued the town for many years.
A government spokeswoman said nothing was planned for Katherine as announced for Darwin this week.
Over $25 million has been allocated for the 2019-20 financial year to the non-government sector for the delivery of housing and homelessness services in the Northern Territory, the spokeswoman said.
The Salvation Army's Katherine Doorways Hub is a service that was previously piloted in 2018-19, and is now funded until 2023.
The Hub is a drop-in centre and community space with a capacity for 130 clients per day with an average attendance close to 100 per day. People experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness can access food, washing machines and dryers, showers, clothes, and an air-conditioned space that can be used to socialise, watch TV, paint or sleep. The Hub also offers a voluntary case management program.
The spokeswoman said services are available in Katherine provided by Anglicare, CatholicCare, Mission Australia, Somerville Community Services, St Vincent De Paul Society and the Salvation Army.
"The NT Government has allocated $2.68 million for the 2019-2020 financial year to the Big Rivers region for the delivery of homelessness services and housing to the Big Rivers region," the spokeswoman said.
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