Maple Ridge deals with rising homeless numbers

(The Caring Place)
(The Caring Place)

With Maple Ridge having 70 per cent of their police calls regarding problems or situations with the homeless population, the city will be spending $925,000 more than in 2013 on RCMP services alone.

The city will spend over 40 per cent of this year’s revenue on Police and Fire expenses combined, weighing in at $15,950,000 on RCMP.

Mayor Ernie Daykin says that since the shut down of Riverview mental facility, the lack of group homes and resources have affected Maple Ridge ‘ s homeless situation, along with a combination of increased development and a slow rise in housing prices.

According to Daykin, the amount of money being spent on Police is in large part due to the high amount of phone calls regarding homeless people.




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