The mayor of Maple Ridge is calling on the province to settle on a plan to tackle homelessness in her city.
Mayor Nicole Read says two proposals for housing in the city have been knocked back recently and that council needs the province’s support.
“Council has been standing in this pocket for two years. We’ve brought the solutions forward, we’ve worked with B.C. Housing, we’ve worked with the Minister. We have a $15-million amount of money on the table.”
A pair of locations to provide supportive housing for the homeless, one in a former Quality Inn, were both proposed by B.C. Housing, but axed by the province last year after public opposition.
Read says the situation is dire for the 40 people living at the temporary homeless shelter.
“Those people have been in that shelter in really poor circumstances. This is an area with no privacy, no dignity. They’ve further decompensated for the length of time they’ve been in there.”
The city is still home to a temporary shelter, which was granted a nine-month permit extension back in June. That location also drew a heated response from the community.
Read made the comments after a public forum in the city, where residents made their feelings on homelessness known to local MLAs Doug Bing and Marc Dalton.