Maple Ridge Forward 2020

Forward 2020

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.

For additional information on the Regional Shelter Program please refer to the BC 211 Shelter list and the BC Housing website.

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Supportive Housing & Shelter Proposal

The following information is a summary of the current situation, the roles of each level of government around this issue, the BC Housing proposal, the process by which the proposal will be reviewed and the community conversation and public engagement. The content of this page builds on the information advertised in the September 14, 2016 edition of The News and through the City's social media platforms.

What is the current situation?

In 2015, about 50 – 60 people formed a camp on Cliff Avenue as they had no access to housing. For decampment, people had to be provided with a place to live. It is important to note that Maple Ridge was the first City in Canada that was successful in a voluntary decampment without a court injunction. The City worked with BC Housing to establish an Emergency Shelter while seeking a longer term solution. The longer term solution will need to consider:
  1. Minimal barriers that encourage accessibility.
  2. Access to individual assessments and corresponding health and treatment services.
  3. Access to housing.