Our Story

The purpose of the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society is to provide access to affordable housing and supports.

We provide housing and support services to over 1,000 low-income households in Medicine Hat and with our community partners, have housed over 930 adults and their 322 children through housing first.

Values and Guiding Principles

In working towards the end of homelessness in our community, the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society values respect, integrity, innovation, accountability, dedication, and collaboration.

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  • Housing is a fundamental human right
  • Social supports are essential to ensuring successful community integration and housing stability.
  • Lived/living expertise and community input is valued in local decision making.

Our History

In 2006, there were two distinct housing organizations; Medicine Hat Regional Social Housing Agency (MHRSHA), which looked after the community’s social housing programs, and the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society (MHCHS), which oversaw a variety of initiatives aimed at addressing homelessness.

Our Society has only grown stronger since merging in 2006.  Since that time, we have worked to add over 90 affordable housing units, seven transitional housing units, and 350 direct rent supplements to our community. We are also leading the development of a coordinated robust system of care ending homelessness. These accomplishments, achievable only with community input and the help of our partners have earned the MHCHS a national reputation for excellence among community housing organizations.

Our Governance

Our 11-member Board of Directors provides policy and planning direction to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The CAO is responsible for overseeing all of the Society’s business in the community and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society employs 32 staff members to deliver the services deemed necessary by the Board and the CAO.

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society is affected by several provincial legislations including the Alberta Housing Act, the Residential Tenancies Act, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Board of Directors

Blake Pedersen, President
Kerry Buss, Vice-President
Garry Ruff, Treasurer
Brian Andjelic, Director
Leasa Baynham, Director
Angela Irvine, Director
Scott Richter, Director
Sarah Chaudhary, Director
Rachel Kruitbosch, Director
Kris Samraj, Director
Leah Prestayko, Director

Our Business Plan

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society remains committed to its leadership role in the community. The organization continues to raise the bar when it comes to the level of service provided to those who require our support.

Our business plan sets out the strategic direction of the organization and reflects a 3-year operating period; 2020-2022. The plan is inclusive of both core business functions: Housing Management Body and Community-Based Systems Planner. In addition to the Business Plan, a Service Delivery Plan and Community Plan are also completed on an annual basis and drive the strategic investments into evidence-based systems responses to homelessness.

The organization’s priorities are ambitious and attainable:

  • Maintain an End to Homelessness
  • Housing Development
  • Service Delivery Excellence
  • Organizational Sustainability