A 40-bed homeless shelter will open soon in West Kelowna after council on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the proposal from BC Housing.

Four mobile office trailers are to be moved onto a vacant lot near the corner of Westlake Road and Stevens Road. The shelter, where residents will also receive food, will remain open until April.

Council’s approval came despite opposition expressed in dozens of letters and in the form of an 800-plus-name online petition. Councillors said no location would be perfect, and they said the need to help the homeless was urgent.