The provincial government is building 51 homes for people at the Maple Ridge Homeless camp — but Anna Cooper from Pivot Legal Society says it’s not enough.

While she says it’s a move in the right direction, the number of units doesn’t reflect the actual need for housing in the area.

In reality, she says there could be more than 200 homeless people, and with only 51 units, many people will still have nowhere to go.

Regional councillors hope to see “tangible results” in the efforts to mitigate the increasing issue of homelessness much sooner than Niagara Region’s 2023 target.

Niagara homelessness services director Cathy Cousins teamed up with consultant John Whitesell at Tuesday’s public health committee meeting to present plans to enhance homelessness services by 2023 — working to overcome pressures such as increasing rental costs and the limited availability of affordable apartments.

“It concerns me that we’re talking about four years,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.

“I can’t accept that as a person living in a community where we have a higher percentage of homelessness. I compliment you in designing this, but I’d like to see it done in six months, not four years.”

North Bay should follow the lead of Medicine Hat, Alta., in how it works with homeless people.

In that city, Paul Tavares says, the mayor took the initiative to work with community members to help put a roof over the heads of the homeless.

“If you want a place to live, they will find you a place,” Tavares said following a presentation to North Bay council Monday night.

The community was able to work to provide the services the homeless needed, Tavares said, helping those “who just don’t know how” to get the help.

The B.C. government seems to have both solved a housing problem and escalated a dispute with the City of Maple Ridge.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson announced Tuesday afternoon the province will be constructing 51 temporary modular homes on a plot of land it owns in the 11700 block of Burnett Street, in an attempt to alleviate conflicts over the Anita Place homeless camp.

“Our goal is to quickly get people into housing where they can get the help and the support they’ve long been needing, while working to close the camp in a managed way,” said Robinson in a statement.

Those experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo will now have more options for a safe nights rest this summer.

BC Housing confirmed to NanaimoNewsNOW they’re providing roughly $400,000 to keep the doors at the Unitarian Shelter on Townsite Rd. open for another year. The extreme weather shelter was scheduled to close at the end of March once the winter season was over.

Shelter coordinator Kevan Griffith said offering 30 beds every day from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. creates much needed continuity for those in dire straits.

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Emergency funding that helped house the homeless at motels this winter has run out, forcing Sarnia’s two at-capacity homeless shelters to turn people away once again.

After the situation became dire last fall, the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network gave $45,000 in emergency cash to help shelter 100 individuals on 881 nights at local motels in January and February.

Among those needing a roof were 14 children.

When both city shelters were filled to capacity, as many as 15 people needed to use the overflow program some nights, said Myles Vanni executive director of the Inn of the Good Shepherd.