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Yes, we are! 
As of March 31st, 2016 (last fiscal year):
-       68 youth were supported by the McMan Youth Shelter Outreach Worker to return to/remain in home or find a safer housing situation.  
-       CMHA Facilitated 28 Budgeting For Beginners workshops, serving 121 unique participants    
-       Over 500 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.   
-       214 Unique individuals were diverted from Housing Fist or Rapid Re-Housing. 
-       There has been a 41% decrease in the use of emergency shelters in Medicine Hat since 2009. (In Between Youth Shelter, Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society, and the Salvation Army).
-       McMan Youth Hub served 165 Youth, where 65 of those youth were reported as Homeless.  77% of the youth that were reported as homeless    secured housing after being served at the Youth Hub. 
-       121 unique social housing tenants that were experiencing tenancy issues were supported by MHCHS to increase their housing stability.  
-        The Champion's Centre operated the Winter Response Program, providing 376 unique individuals with a safe and warm place to stay during the day over the winter months.  
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. 

  • As of September 30th, 2016 there is 50 individuals receiving GRAI subsidy. 
  • Approximately $16, 845 is spent monthly on GRAI rent subsidies. 
As of March 31st, 2016:
-       Since the implementation of our community plan to end homelessness in 2009, 705 citizens and 308 + children have been housed (total 1013)

Of the 103 adults housed since May 1st 2015:
-       38% of individuals housed by our housing first programs experienced chronic homelessness and 62% experienced episodic homelessness.  
-       33% of individuals that entered the program (both men and women) were fleeing or had been exposed to family violence.
-       29% had been involved with foster care at some point in their lives.  
-       68% reported a mental health condition
-       45% did not complete high school
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.
A total of 64 people were enumerated on the night of the count. 

8% (5 people) were enumerated during the street count. The remaining individuals were staying in emergency shelters or short-term supportive housing.There were 29 of those enumerated who participated in the survey. From these, the following demographic trends emerged:

·       The gender breakdown was: 55% female and 38% male (2 chose not to respond therefore does not = 100%)

·       There were 5 (17%) of those surveyed who reported having a total of 4 accompanying minors with them.

·       About 28% of those surveyed self-identified as Aboriginal – a total of 8 people.

·       Notably, 13 (45%) of those surveyed reported being new to Medicine Hat (under 1 year). 
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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