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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

Townhall: Individual Responsibility or Economic Crisis? The class & colonial roots of poverty and homelessness in Maple Ridge

On the one-year anniversary of the launch of Anita Place tent city, homeless campers and Alliance Against Displacement welcome [...]

April 28th, 2018|

NDP supportive housing announcement for Maple Ridge continues the BC Liberal legacy of failing homeless people

Anita Place Tent City residents respond to BC’s Housing Minister Selena Robinson's announcement of only 40 units of institutional “supportive” [...]

January 12th, 2018|