Housing advocates and Maple Ridge residents clashed outside city hall Saturday afternoon over the city’s response to the homeless population.
While the city takes steps to open a new homeless shelter, both sides say it’s not enough.
Speaking with Global News, those advocating for the homeless say the city needs to do more and that residents aren’t listening.
“For those who aren’t at risk, they’re feeling like they’re entitled to never having to see the problems of the world around them.”
But residents say they’re not against the homeless.
“I have no problem paying for housing, drug counselling, or whatever. But if you just want money, and welfare, and a piece of property to put your tent on so you can stick a needle in your arm, no.”
“Acting Mayor Shymkiw seems to be counting on the same ‘vigilante vote’ that didn’t pan out from the provincial election for the BC Liberals.”
“[Mayor] Nicole Read has told us time and time again something’s broken, right? I suspect I know what it is, but I’m not willing to comment.”
Just a few days ago, bylaw officers removed tents from an encampment known as Anita’s Place.
According to the city, it’s seeking an injunction to have the camp removed.
City officials have not responded to a request for comment.
With files from Global News