Editor, The News:
Regarding the homeless crisis in Maple Ridge, I am discouraged by the methods being used to keep folks warm and fed.
The valuable service provided by the Salvation Army is surely not to be criticized.
More provisions must be made for detox and to feed innocent dependents.
Tent sites will just migrate if more isn’t made available to provide treatment options for mental health and addiction services.
Both the shelter and treatment side of these homelessness problems can be dealt with in a careful way.
The severe mental health and addiction problems are not being addressed and often not even investigated.
Treatment does work some of the time and must be easier to find.
Clearly this situation, at best, is untenable and should be rectified with expediency and compassion.