As housing insecurity continues to be an issue in the region, collaboration with professional service providers and other levels of government has significantly accelerated to help address both affordable housing and homelessness.
This week, former Assistant Chief of Emergency Management, Erica Fleck, began a new three-month role as Housing and Homelessness Administrator, to lead the emergency response to homelessness for the municipality. Deputy Chief Roy Hollett, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, will temporarily take over as the Emergency Management lead in Erica’s stead.
Erica’s new role is focused on the immediate support and coordination required to advance Regional Council’s directive to invest $500,000 towards emergency accommodations. The funding will focus on leveraging opportunities that will have the most immediate impact on the ground, including increasing the inventory of temporary accommodations as soon as possible.
When asked what this new position means to her, Erica says, “I came to the municipality with the hopes of making a difference and helping people. This new role is certainly a challenge but to be able to assist in making this situation better for the people of HRM is the best job that I could ever ask for.”
In her new role, Erica will liaise with professional service providers, collaborate with business unit Executive Directors and staff, and work closely with external partners on potential temporary accommodations. She will also lead the municipality’s encampment operations team and act as primary spokesperson for all municipal homelessness efforts.
Erica holds a Bachelor of Emergency Management and has significant experience in policy development, execution, and review of emergency plans.
Erica joined Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency in 2017, following a distinguished 30-year career with the Canadian Military. Erica transitioned to a parttime reservist when she joined the municipality and continues to serve with the 5th Canadian Division.