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As of March 31st, 2017 (last fiscal year):
-       44 youth were supported by the McMan Youth Shelter Outreach Worker to return to/remain in home or find a safer housing situation.  
-       CMHA Facilitated 25 Budgeting For Beginners workshops, serving 212 unique participants    
-       588 individuals were assessed by Housing Assessment and Triage to determine their eligibility for housing related supports. Individuals were referred to Housing First and Rapid Access Programs, and others were referred to appropriate community resources to assist with their needs.   
-       339 Unique individuals were assisted with diversion supports. 
-       McMan Youth Hub served 81 Youth, where the McMan Inn Between Community Bed served 15 youth.
-       179 individuals were provided with short-term supports to increase their housing stability.  
-       The Champion's Centre operated the Winter Response Program, providing 1104 unique individuals with a safe and warm place to stay during the day over the winter months.  
-       Miywasin Friendship Centre served 372 individuals through their Counseling Program for individuals at risk of homelessness in Medicine Hat in order to increase their financial and housing stability.

Yes,homelessness can be ended in Medicine Hat.  With continued investment and support from all levels of government, and community collaboration, we can end it.  

Ending Homelessness does not mean that we will no longer need emergency shelters. It does mean that those shelters will be used for their intended use - short term crisis situations.  

The Graduate Rental Assistance Initiative (GRAI) was developed for graduates of the Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Programs who have achieved housing stability, and require minimal financial support in order to maintain tenancy. 

  • From April 1st 2016 - March 31st 2017, there were 59 individuals receiving GRAI subsidy. 
  • Approximately $18, 400 is spent monthly on GRAI rent subsidies. 
As of March 31st, 2017:
-       Since the implementation of our community plan to end homelessness in 2009, 777 citizens and 317 + children have been housed (total 1094)

Of the adults housed from April 1st 2016 - March 31st 2017:
-       390 Males and 383 Females, 4 No response
-       37% of individuals that entered the program (both men and women) were fleeing or had been exposed to family violence.
-       25% had been involved with foster care at some point in their lives.  
-       60% reported a mental health condition
-       49% reported a physical health condition
-       33% reported a substance abuse condition
75% of individuals successfully completed the program and have maintained housing, of that:
-       62% live in market housing
-       26% live in subsidized housing. 
The cost to manage homelessness is significantly higher than the cost to end it.  It costs approximately $134,000 to manage someone’s homelessness and only $34,000 to house and support them.
On October 19, 2016, Medicine Hat conducted its second Homeless Count. The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society coordinates the Homeless Count as part of our work supporting At Home in Medicine Hat - Our Plan to End Homelessness.

This count serves two important functions: it provides a current snapshot of our overall homeless population and enables us to examine how this population changes over time.  Ultimately, this helps us to inform solutions to support the goal on ending homelessness in our communities. 

A total of 33 people were enumerated on the night of the count. 

6% were enumerated as unsheltered, 27% provincially accommodated and the remaining 67% of individuals were emergency sheltered. All of the 33 enumerated individuals participated in the survey and the following demographic trends emerged:

-       The average age of the individual enumerated was 31
-       The gender breakdown was 52% (17 individuals) females and 48% (16 individuals) Males.
-       In addition to the 33 individuals enumerated, 13 dependants were reported. 
-       18% (8 individuals) of those surveyed self-identified as Aboriginal - First Nations, 3% (1 individual) who identified as Metis and 12% (4 individuals) who identified as Non-Status. 



DEFINITION: Homelessness describes the situation of an individual or family without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it. It is the result of systemic or societal barriers, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioural or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, stressful and distressing.

See article below for more information on the Canadian definition of Homelessness
 

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 Unfortunately, we do not have emergency housing.  Click here (I am homeless link) for more information about what is available in community.
Visit Service Alberta for useful information that supports the needs of Landlords and Tenants. 
Once you become eligible for supports, you will be added to our wait-list for service.  When space in a social housing program or rent supplement program becomes available, you will be contacted. You are a priority to us.
Give us a call and we will set up an appointment to review your application. 403.527.4507 
If you are still in need of the supports that we offer, you simply need to re-apply.  You can print our application here. LINK TO APPLICATION

All eligible households are assessed and placed on our waiting list based on the highest priority of need and then are considered on a first come first serve basis.
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