Today marks the two month anniversary of more than 100 homeless residents living in a Maple Ridge tent city, and many are saying enough is enough and want action.
“People who live in the tents say very clearly they can’t afford to live anywhere else, that there’s nowhere else where they can live, and so they’ve ended up here. And they’re not going to move until there’s somewhere else more appropriate for them to go.”
NDP housing critic David Eby says the people living in homes around the tent city are also reaching a tipping point.
“They sympathize, but they’re also frustrated they’re bearing the brunt of a lack of strategy to deal with this crisis that Maple Ridge is facing.”
Because of the recent wave of sweltering heat, Eby believes the tent city situation is at a crisis level where campers need to be put up in a temporary facility immediately.