Homelessness & Housing Development
Graduate Rental Assistance Initiative Program
What is Graduate Rental Assistance Initiative?
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.
The GRAI program is administered through the Homeless and Housing Development Department at the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society (MHCHS). The GRAI program is not a long-term guaranteed subsidy. It is important to ensure that GRAI participants have current applications with the Administration Department of MHCHS for one of the numerous long-term and sustainable programs that they offer.
What can Participants expect once in the GRAI Program?
Participants graduate from the Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Programs once they have achieved housing stability and no longer require the level of case management supports provided by these programs. As a follow up to the case management support received, participants of the GRAI program can expect to be contacted by the agency they were receiving case management from in order to do 6 and 12 month post graduation follow-ups. These follow-ups are designed to ensure that Participants are able to maintain their housing stability after they have finished with case management supports.
The GRAI Program does not offer any case management supports. As well, there is no additional financial support available to the participant beyond the monthly rental support. Rental support is paid directly to the participant’s landlord. Participants will be required to provide consent allowing the Homeless and Housing Development Department to have contact with the landlord/property management company.
What are the responsibilities of the Participant?
The GRAI program is associated with the Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Programs. While the GRAI program is administered through MHCHS, it is not the same as being a part of the regular MHCHS subsidy program. It is the responsibility of the participant to maintain contact with the MHCHS Administration Department to ensure his/her application remains active.
While receiving GRAI financial supports, it will be the responsibility of the participant to inform the Homeless and Housing Development Department of the MHCHS of any changes to his/her housing situation, landlord or property management company.
GRAI participants will be contacted after receiving supports for one year in order to do an annual evaluation. In order to continue to receive these supports, this annual evaluation must be completed.