He goes on to add that Anita Place is a group of people in one isolated area that protect each other.
He says that if the people living in Anita Place lacked the community setting they gained from the tent city, many of them would have dropped dead if they were alone in the streets.
A local living near Anita Place in Maple Ridge, Joe, says the tent community would be acceptable if it had structure and order.
He says the group of campers should not be given the apartment for social permanent housing and instead they should be put in treatment and then given a place to live and afford once they are clean.
The city of Maple Ridge has announced they will be drafting a social housing plan by next week.
In the meantime local authorities will be barricading Anita Place and former residents of the tent city will be staying in a temporary shelter.