CTV: Closure of Maple Ridge shelter forcing people to camp on the streets

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June 1 2017 | Penny Daflos

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And MLA David Eby says the BC NDP will make it a priority.

Eby has spent years advocating for social housing as a critic for the Opposition. He hopes his party will soon form government and resolve what’s been a deeply divisive issue in Maple Ridge.

“This has been going on for two years and we’re back where we started,” he told CTV News on Thursday.

Eby said the short-term solution will be to make sure that people are safe and have the supports that they need, and long-term politicians will work to make sure that they have the housing they need.

“The core of all these failures is a provincial government that failed to build housing for marginalized groups of people – but not just them, for people who live, work and pay taxes in Metro Vancouver as well – and failed to provide the mental health supports that would have prevented people from becoming homeless in the first place,” he said.

Read the full article: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/closure-of-maple-ridge-shelter-forcing-people-to-camp-on-the-streets-1.3440431