An official count of West Kelowna’s homeless population would be an important first step in helping get people off the streets, city councillors heard Tuesday.

Preparing an accurate tally of the homeless is often required to get provincial and federal funding to address the problem, a consultant says.

Other recommendations contained in the consultant’s report to council include creating a daytime drop-in centre for the homeless, advocating for more mental health and substance abuse services, and encouraging the construction of more subsidized housing complexes.