HRM releases update on homelessness plans


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Starting Monday, Deputy Chief of Emergency Management Erica Fleck will be assigned a three-month role leading the homelessness emergency response for the municipality.

All eyes have been on the Halifax Regional Municipality for taking meaningful action to tackle homelessness in the city, and now the area council is announcing its next steps.

Following the evictions of eight homeless people at a Dartmouth hotel this week, HRM has released an update regarding ongoing efforts to tackle homelessness on the peninsula.

Starting Monday, Deputy Chief of Emergency Management Erica Fleck will be assigned a three-month role leading the homelessness emergency response for the municipality.

The focus of this role will be on the immediate support and coordination needed to advance the council directive to invest $ 500,000 in emergency housing.

At the same time, the municipality has also started the process of hiring a permanent full-time social policy strategy position, a position the council committed to in its 2021/22 fiscal budget. The role will focus on long-term municipal priorities related to addressing homelessness in the Halifax region.

This role is expected to be filled this fall.

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