Homelessness in Maple Ridge – Listening & Taking Action
Maple Ridge Homelessness
Listening & Taking Action
On Jan 31st 2017 in Maple Ridge – BC Liberals Marc Dalton and Doug Bing held an open house on homelessness.
They wish to thank the thousands of people who have participated and provided feedback on the homeless challenges in one form or another: by attending the public meeting, sending emails, signing petitions, etc. Marc Dalton and Doug Bing made every effort to respond to concerns and advocate for what they heard.
1) Rain City shelter won’t be accepting more homeless clients effective March 1st & a curfew will be implemented
2) Salvation Army will be funded for 30 additional beds on an interim basis
3) An Intensive Case Management team will be funded to provide supports for those struggling with addictions and mental health challenges
4) Coastal Mental Health will be the new service provider at Alouette Heights transition home. They have a long and successful history of working with the vulnerable – assisting them in recovery and helping them to become self-supporting
5) HOPE FOR FREEDOM SOCIETY Maple Ridge is receiving $50,000 for a necessary new kitchen. HFFS is a successful recovery homes in Maple Ridge, Mission and Coquitlam
6) $1.035 million is announced for a youth safe house
7) $11 million has been recently announced for 90 units of low-income housing in conjunction with Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services. Another project in the city will be announced shortly
8) A committee of community members will be struck to assist MLA Bing and myself to move forward with a $15 million permanent shelter. We are recommending only one shelter in Maple Ridge
9) The province will work with the city regarding property it recently purchased on Lougheed Highway to build a facility for seniors and/or others on modest incomes
Homelessness in Maple Ridge is a challenging problem, Marc Dalton and Doug Bing will continue to listen and take action.