Unceded and Occupied Kwantlen & Katzie Territories
Red Braid has been organizing in Maple Ridge since 2015, when local homeless activists set up a tent city on Cliff Avenue. The tent city was evicted under the pretense of moving residents into a transitional shelter – which closed two years later, “transitioning” people back onto the streets and prompting the founding of Anita Place tent city, which came to be the longest-standing self-organized tent city in Canada. Anita Place was shut down by the City of Maple Ridge in mid-2019, but managed to win hundreds of units of modular, supportive housing in a town famed for its vehement opposition to low-income housing and poor-bashing Ridgelantes.
Our campaign activities include connecting homeless leaders in Maple Ridge to other sites of struggle, fighting back against anti-poor hatred, and organizing against police brutality. Homeless activists have been at the forefront of critiquing supportive housing, challenging the criminalization of the poor by police and bylaw, and fighting for harm reduction in Maple Ridge. Former residents of Anita Place are founding members of the June 8th Network
Photo by Murray Bush/flux photo
Updates and Events
BREAKING: Bowing to protest, Coast Mental Health drops its unlawful guest ban in Maple Ridge supportive housing
Residents of supportive housing successfully forced Coast Mental Health to drop its deadly ban on guests, but the struggle to abolish supportive housing is far from over.
Fearing a worse repeat of the springtime death wave, supportive housing residents demand: “Bust the guest ban!”
Residents and loved ones of three supportive housing buildings operated by Coast Mental Health in Maple Ridge held a rally to demand an immediate end to the renewed building-wide ban on guests.
At noon on July 27th, three residents of one of the Coast Mental Health-run supportive housing buildings in Maple Ridge were surprised with sheriffs at their doors and a moving truck outside.
Supportive housing residents from throughout Metro Vancouver call a press conference to speak out against the policy of BC Housing-contracted supportive housing operators to ban all guests from their buildings. They say, “Banning guests is killing us quicker than COVID.”
On August 11th, Ridge Meadows RCMP murdered Kyaw Din, a poor, Burmese immigrant living with schizophrenia. Sign the petition to call for justice for Kyaw.
A statement by Maple Ridge's homeless and low-income drug user activists. Last week on June 6, a group of [...]