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 drop-in health facilities, the study reported the participants “experienced significant personal decline rather than recovery, as evidenced by their involvement with the criminal justice system, large increases in acute care and prolonged homelessness.”

Source: CBC

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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

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Current #
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Proposed # Of 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.