Dozens of families, seniors and concerned residents showed up at a vacant lot in Maple Ridge on Saturday to protest the provincial government’s plan to build a new facility for the homeless.

The Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries will move its shelter, currently located at 22188 Lougheed Highway, to the new site.

“I don’t necessarily think it’s about a roof over their heads and clothing. A lot of them are looking for drugs and alcohol, cigarettes,” one resident told Global News. “Unless someone is going to supply them with that as well, they’re still going to be looking to steal from everybody in this neighbourhood.”