The mayor of the City of Maple Ridge says it’s a step in the right direction.
The provincial government has agreed to contribute funding for a temporary shelter that would help a number of homeless.
Many of the affected are living along a campsite near the Cliff Avenue area.
Mayor Nicole Read: “We are having success moving people into treatment and housing, so the numbers are coming down. So by the time we’re able to get a temporary shelter open, we would hope that the temporary shelter would be the destination for all of the people on Cliff Avenue.”
“This is a huge positive step for us in dealing with this situation on Cliff Avenue. It will also allows to bring people in to a safe environment where our outreach workers can work with them to actually connect them meaningfully to the different types of healthcare and housing that they need.”
Read says it’s tough to say how many people that involves as a number of smaller satellite campsites have popped up.
She says she’s hoping those people will also come to the temporary site.
As for the funds pledged, Read says the amount that will be given by the government has not yet been determined.