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Hundreds protest provincial plan to build housing for homeless in Maple Ridge

Last Updated Mar 31, 2019 at 9:53 am PDT

The Anita Place camp in Maple Ridge on Mar. 7, 2019. (Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo)
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Mayor Mike Morden says the protest shows that local residents are opposed to the project

The province intends to build 51 units of supportive housing on province-owned land on Burnett Street

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) –¬†Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Maple Ridge on March 30 to protest the province’s move to build housing for some of the city’s homeless, without getting consent from residents or local government.

Mayor Mike Morden says the protest shows that local residents are opposed to the project.

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Housing Minister Selina Robinson announced in March that the ministry intends to build 51 units of supportive housing on province-owned land on Burnett Street, with construction slated to begin in April.

The development would provide housing for the 47 registered residents of the Anita Place homeless camp, which was recently evacuated after several fires.