MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – Tenants of a now vacated homeless camp in Maple Ridge are planning a rally to demand help from the city and province.
The tent city, which housed about 50 occupants, was evacuated last week after three fires broke out in the span of just three days and other Maple Ridge residents expressed concerns.
The city provided an Emergency Reception Centre with food and beds until March 4 at noon.
At a meeting on March 5, activists plan to ask the city to provide heat and electricity to the site.
They also want the province to buy an apartment building near the area and turn it into 100 per cent social housing.
In the meantime, the city continues to remove debris and fire hazards from the area, with 24 hour security patrols ongoing.
The rally will take place at the tent city, Anita Place, on March 5 at 4 p.m.