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 instance, has one low barrier shelter for a population of 144,668. Ninety beds are offered in Coquitlam. Our three existing low barrier facilities, Rain City, the Salvation Army and Alouette Heights, offer total accommodation for 125. Our population is around 80,000.
Surrey is the only other city with three low barrier shelters, providing 78 low barrier beds compared with our 125—and this is for a population of just under half a million. Many cities have zero low barrier facilities—including Burnaby with a population of 238,209 and Langley with a population of 131,915.
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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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