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Maple Ridge

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

Rally to defend Anita Place and call for homes not prison camps!

Tuesday March 5th, 4:00pm outside Anita Place tent city on 223rd St and 117 Ave. Support Anita Place Tent City – call for fire safe heating now, and for the Province to buy the apartment building across the street for social housing at 100% welfare/pension rate.

February 28th, 2019|

Don’t take down my home! Anita Place tent city residents speak out against Maple Ridge’s faux-fire-safety court application to demolish their shelters

The City of Maple Ridge has filed a notice of  application with the BC Supreme Court for orders that [...]

January 3rd, 2019|

Anita Place Tent City vision for self-determined homes and health care

Anita Place tent city started May 2nd, 2017 to give homeless people in Maple Ridge a place to stay, a place to be, and a place to be safe… and a place to advocate for the social housing we so desperately need. Anita Place is a survival camp that, in five months, has supported hundreds of impoverished people with emergency shelter, food and water, health services, and a safer community space that we are denied by government austerity and the cult of “individual responsibility” in the often hostile world around us. Anita Place has successfully shone a public light on homelessness and poverty in the Fraser Valley through the frontline leadership of homeless people themselves. We are strong in our autonomous community space. As the fall weather turns we are entering negotiations with the City and Provincial governments to “decamp” Anita Place from a position of strength and power.

May 25th, 2018|