The 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver found 3,605 people homeless in the region, up 30% from the previous count in 2014.
Statement from the City of Maple Ridge
The City of Maple Ridge has been actively engaged in addressing the issue of homelessness. Accurate data is important in understanding the complexity of this issue. The City of Maple Ridge has made requests to the province for data relating to some of the issues that have been raised in the community. When that data is provided to us we will share it through our website and social media channels.
Data that the City of Maple Ridge can provide is as follows:
The City of Maple Ridge has 30 permanent Shelter beds operated by the Salvation Army-Ridge Meadows Ministries. They also operate the Emergency Weather Response Mat Program (Issued under the Provincial Assistance to Shelter Act). This program provides for an additional 15 beds and is activated approximately 2 weeks per year. The RainCity Temporary Shelter has 40 beds and is due to close March 31, 2017.
As of March 31, 2017 Maple Ridge will have 30 permanent shelter beds and 15 Emergency response beds.