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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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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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.

Maple Ridge

Current # Of

Current #
Of Beds

Proposed # Of Beds
Per 1000 People

Times The
Local Average*

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