If we started with 84, How did we end up TAKING 700 OFF OUR STREETS?

TIn May of 2014, BC Housing’s official count identified a total homeless population of 84 in Maple Ridge. This included those sheltered by the Salvation Army, as well as those “living rough” in the outdoors. We all know the distressing … Continue reading

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We know we’ve been robbed of community input by our city hall… the question is why?

Its easy to talk about delivering a robust community engagement process and a different matter entirely to deliver one. Citizens were promised input into the location of the proposed shelter. It didn’t happen. Instead, the city purchased the property with … Continue reading

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Maple Ridge is already providing more LOW BARRIER BEDS than any community outside Vancouver.

Maple Ridge has always been a caring, compassionate community. We are already providing more low barrier shelter accommodations than any community outside Vancouver. We are far outpacing neighbouring cities with much larger populations—some offering zero low barrier beds. Coquitlam, for … Continue reading

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Pete McMartin: The intractable problem of addiction and the mentally ill

PETE MCMARTIN, VANCOUVER SUN COLUMNIST 07.22.2015 It’s been hoped for years that securing safe and affordable housing for the homeless and mentally ill would go a long way toward reducing substance abuse and addiction rates among that population. That belief … Continue reading

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Project Valley Sweep / RCMP

IDEA TO CONSIDER FOR MAPLE RIDGE PITT MEADOW Chilliwack, Mission 2016-09-13 09:00 PDT File # Project Valley Sweep Police in the Fraser Valley are crediting Project Valley Sweep for a decline in property crime over the summer. This joint effort … Continue reading

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Downtown Eastside residents worse off despite costly programs, SFU study finds

Lead researcher and SFU professor Julian Somers and two colleagues tracked 433 homeless adults in the Vancouver Downtown East Side over 10 years. Despite the high concentration of beneficial programs such as shelters, food, street nurses, low rent accommodation and … Continue reading

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We started Cliff Avenue with 39 living in tents and 45 at the Salvation Army shelter. Right now, Maple Ridge has three low barrier facilities operating at capacity to provide 125 beds. An additional 316 homeless have been placed into 'scattered housing' throughout the community.

Add to this, the 60 individuals still living rough in ravines and wooded areas. We are doing more than other Lower Mainland community. How many homeless are we expected to house? The proposed BC Housing plan will add an additional 50 low barrier beds.

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*Based on the average beds per 1000 residents in Lower Mainland cities excluding Vancouver. Click here for more detailed information.