Ottawa city councillors are coming to grips with the difficult reality that their goal to end chronic homelessness by 2024 may have been too lofty.

Councillors sat through a marathon meeting Thursday as housing advocates, economists, community activists, formerly homeless people and even Coun. Mark Taylor piled idea on top of idea to get people into housing and out of emergency shelters.

But with each new proposal, councillors’ outlooks appeared to turn more bleak.

It seems that no matter how many people are housed there are more and more people needing support and not enough money to go around.