The city cannot wait until the New Year to start looking for a shelter to replace Cornerstone, says the author of a report on crime and homelessness in Kelowna

Former RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon spoke to from Kelowna Airport today, Nov. 27, and urged the city to take immediate action on this issue.

Cornerstone is a homeless shelter that is operated by the John Howard Society and was opened on Leon Avenue Nov. 30, 2017 with 80 beds. It’s known as a “low barrier” facility, meaning drugs can be used under supervision on site. It’s about three blocks from the long-established Gospel Mission shelter.

“Cornerstone was a crisis decision that had to be made,” McKinnon said. “People were going to freeze to death. There was no planning.”