A controversial downtown Kelowna shelter for the homeless, slated to close this month, will instead be kept open until June.

The provincial government on Tuesday announced the three-month operating extension for the 80-bed Cornerstone shelter on Leon Avenue, run by the John Howard Society.

“Keeping the shelter open will allow people to stay indoors while the province continues to work with the city, the John Howard Society and community partners toward a relocation strategy,” a government release stated.