After a packed house in the Council Chambers, no concrete decision was made last night about the controversial future of homelessness and housing updates in Maple Ridge.
The city now has input from residents and Global News spoke with people who were there.
“It’s a very difficult situation indeed, but you know a lot of it really comes down to dollars and cents… You know it’s creating safety concerns for the vulnerable people and there’s a lot of stigmatization that comes along with this conversation that is taking place in the community right now.”
The government will be covering some of the costs by spending 15 million dollars on a new purpose-built shelter in the city. Until the new shelter is built, Maple Ridge needs a 3 year interim solution and BC Housing wants to keep the Quality Inn open as the temporary shelter for an additional nine months.