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Province Commits To Low-Barrier Homeless Shelter In Maple Ridge
Submitted – Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced
today the B.C. government recognizes the need for a long-term low
barrier shelter and housing facility in the City of Maple Ridge and
will provide approximately $15 million in capital and operating funding
for a permanent facility once an appropriate location is determined.
As with similar facilities, the City of Maple Ridge will be asked to
provide the land to the Province, as well as waive any related
development charges. A public consultation process will take place
prior to any site being confirmed.
In addition, the Province is working with the city to extend the
opening of the 40-bed temporary shelter from March 31 to June 30, 2016.
This will ensure that individuals currently using the shelter will
continue to have access to a warm, safe place to stay, while
alternative solutions are being arranged with other providers.
“We will work with the City of Maple Ridge to identify a long-term plan
for a new permanent facility. Addressing homelessness involves the
cooperation and support of many partners and we will continue to work
with the community to assist those who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness.” – Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister
Responsible for Housing
The Province has decided not to proceed with the purchase of the
Quality Inn in Maple Ridge. The site was being considered for the
interim provision of supportive housing for those who are homeless and
at risk in the community. As a result, the public information session
scheduled March 29 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at the Baptist Church at 22155
Lougheed Highway was cancelled.