With temperatures continuing at below zero around the region, there are fears for the homeless who will be caught out in the cold tonight.
Maple Ridge is looking at a wind chill of -18 this week.
Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read says the existing shelters can take in 40 people but says that’s not going to be enough to cover everyone who needs it.
“You know it’s hard, we’re turning away between six and ten people per night, so you know there’s people out there who are on the streets and they need to be connected and brought indoors.”
Meanwhile, the B.C. government has announced it will not be going ahead with a proposed homeless facility in Maple Ridge, but Read says she wants B.C. to bring a plan and “stick to it.”
“All the ideas that have come forward have been theirs, this isn’t the city saying ‘okay this is what we want.'”
The announcement says the proposed site at 21375 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge isn’t suitable for a permanent-supportive housing facility.