Homeless Emergency Action Team

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The Homeless Emergency Action Team (HEAT) was announced on December 9, 2008 by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson to assist Vancouver’s homeless citizens during an extremely cold winter.[1][2] It created the controversial HEAT Shelters.[3]


The team was chaired by Mayor Gregor Robertson, and was composed of elected officials and housing stakeholders.[3]

Elected members[edit]

The three publicly elected members of the team were:[3]

Non-elected members[edit]

The non-elected members were:[3]

  • Janice Abbott – Executive Director, Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • Jim Chu – Chief, Vancouver Police Department
  • Dr. Patricia Daly - Chief Medical Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • David Eby – Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
  • Michael Flanigan – Director of Real Estate Services, City of Vancouver
  • Judy Graves – Outreach Coordinator, Housing Department, City of Vancouver
  • Cameron Gray, Managing Director, Department of Social Development, City of Vancouver
  • John MacKay – Strand Development Corporation, Board member of StreetoHome Foundation
  • Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing
  • Patrick Stewart, Chair, Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee