Maple Ridge shelter announcement expected next week

Details haven't been released because they're still being worked out.

Word could be coming next week about an interim homeless shelter in Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton said Wednesday that an announcement of some kind is coming Feb. 17.

“It won’t be the final piece of it all,” said Dalton. “It’s positive for the community.”

Details haven’t been released because they’re still being worked out.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing said an announcement was supposed to be made this week, but was delayed.

“It’s going to be a multi-faceted announcement,” Bing said.

Fraser Health and B.C. Housing will be involved, he added.

“I think people will be quite excited to get some news.”

The MLAs have taken over the consultation process for B.C. Housing’s proposed $15-million homeless shelter and supportive housing complex in Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge city council handed the MLAs the task last September after Premier Christy Clark said the MLAs would have the final say on where or if a homeless shelter was built in Maple Ridge.

Both MLAs have opposed previous locations for shelter, a temporary location at the Quality Inn and a permanent site at 21375 Lougheed Hwy.

They hosted a public hearing on Jan. 31, resulting in a near-capacity crowd at Maple Ridge Baptist Church.

They said then that an announcement was expected two or three weeks after that.

Maple Ridge Coun. Gordy Robson said he hasn’t heard any indication of what could be announced.