Pete Woodrow, with Anita Place Tent City, and Listen Chen with Alliance Against Displacement, issued statement on decampment recently. (THE NEWS/files)

Letter: ‘A safe, dry, heated place to live’

Residents could replace basic survival techniques with healing and goals.

Editor, The News:

Re: Maple Ridge’s tent city renews vacating plans.

Life in Anita Place Tent City must be, at best, discouraging and challenging.

I was therefore surprised by the Alliance Against Homelessness’s recent statement that “if offered more temporary housing, they would refuse to disband the tent city until 250 social housing units are available.”

Although permanent social housing is obviously ideal, the temporary housing offers a safe, dry, heated place to live, as well as free food and counselling.

Residents might then replace basic survival techniques with healing and, perhaps, future goals.

Long-term goals are obtained by moving forward, one step at a time. By refusing to accept this obvious step forward towards a secure, comfortable environment, the Alliance sounds both entitled and self-defeating.

Lilly Dickson

Maple Ridge

Just Posted

Sea bus service proposed along Fraser River

Maple Ridge councillor just wants to start discussion

Pitt Meadows gets some help for flood plan

$412,000, but not for dike upgrades

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows folks take in rides at PNE

Fall exhibition heralds end of summer

Pantracia Chronicles paves path for Pitt Meadows author

First trilogy in epic fantasy series released this year

Homes found for abandoned hedgehogs in Maple Ridge

Lucky new owners picked up their pets on Aug. 20

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

Impaired driving charge laid in 2018 crash in Delta that killed teen

Olivia Malcolm and her 20-year-old friend were standing behind their vehicle when they were hit by a car

B.C. hockey play excited to join Humboldt Broncos

Defenceman Sebastien Archambault played last two seasons with Junior B Sicamous Eagles.

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

eng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

On vaccines, abortion, Goop, doctor Jen Gunter says: ‘I have a duty to speak up’

She speaks out on menstruation, the wellness industry and vaccines

Most Read