The issues facing communities like Medicine Hat are not unlike those in other parts of the province. How Medicine Hat approaches the issues separates our community from others. Medicine Hat’s success is not by chance. It is a planned, well-thought-out execution of concepts, ideas, and expectations. Methodical and strategic from the onset while remaining adaptive to the changing need. Seeing individuals lined up in front of an emergency shelter only confirms individuals need a place to shelter. What it does not give is the context of their homelessness. The social construct of why they need shelter should not be assumed but rather, a deep dive into relevant and coordinated systems data needs to be the approach forward across the province.
The 2023-2024 Service Delivery Plan lays the framework for the homeless-serving system of care in Medicine Hat.