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Homeless advocate worries Maple Ridge does not have enough shelter for new season

Last Updated Sep 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm PDT

Anita's Place tent city camp, Maple Ridge. (Source: Pivot Legal Society)
Summary

Two shelters that were open this time last year, as well as Anita Place Tent City, are now closed

Chris Bossley says there could still be around 100 people in Maple Ridge without a place to live

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As cool temperatures start making their way into the Lower Mainland, a homeless advocate in Maple Ridge is worried there aren’t enough warm places to stay.

Two shelters that were open this time last year, as well as Anita Place Tent City, are now closed.

Chris Bossley says that, even though the province brought in temporary modular housing for people from Anita Place, there’s still people with no place to call home.

[There is] nowhere near enough [options] to house everyone who is is homeless in Maple Ridge,” Bossley says.

“That is obvious by the fact that there were people staying at the main shelter, staying at the temporary shelter, still people also living in scattered sites in the community.”

She says there could still be around 100 people in Maple Ridge without a place to live.

Bossley is asking the Salvation Army to re-open the Mattress Shop in case the main shelter runs out of space.