Anita Place Tent City was evacuated March 2 upon orders of the fire commissioner. (Phil Melnychuk/THE NEWS)

Social housing plan underway in Maple Ridge

Council given Friday deadline by minister

Maple Ridge council is following up on the provincial government’s order to come up with a social housing plan, but it’s going to miss the deadline by a few days.

On Tuesday, council told staff to prepare the plan that will address social housing options for the city and to present it at a March 12 meeting.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson had asked for the plan to be ready by this Friday, or the province would proceed on its own, including plans for a supportive housing complex.

She added that if the province proceeds unilaterally to build a supportive housing complex, it would use land within the city that is currently owned by the province, but wouldn’t give further details.

Mayor Mike Morden said there needs to be a full range of supports, not just one component.

Morden said that over the past several weeks, police and firefighters have been dealing with “public safety nightmares,” trying to enforce a court order for safety improvements at Anita Place Tent City.

“The community is being held to ransom by 14 people, and I find that to be very troubling,” Morden said.

Coun. Gordy Robson hopes the city and province can come up with a model to house homeless people that both can agree on.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: Please use common sense in dealing with COVID

Aspiring artists wants people to follow the rules to help keep everyone safe

IN IT TOGETHER: Celebrating inclusion in team humanity

In this time of stress and uncertainty, every single thing we do to cure this world

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

Katzie FN delivers food and goods to members in need during COVID crisis

Band emergency operations centre group and Friends in Need food bank team up

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

Insurance shock for B.C. condo owners

Claim-free two-year-old townhouse complex told premium will nearly triple

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Most Read