Mike Burdick says his neighbours are “inflamed” about 78 units of temporary housing for homeless people being put beside two schools in Marpole.

What are they worried about? “Needles, mental health, crime, drug deals.”

Amanda Karaca, a 12-year resident of Marpole, is also worried.

“We have a not-small homeless popoulation in Marpole,” she told Metro. “You can’t help people without shelter.” She added that a few years ago, a local homeless man named Rick Hofs died of exposure in the middle of winter.