Housing and Community Development

In its capacity as a Community Based Organization and Community Entity, the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society leads and supports community-based initiatives in addition to being the systems planner in community.  The following local initiatives are supported through the work:

The Medicine Hat Housing Strategy will address the full spectrum of social, affordable, and market housing needs within Medicine Hat. The Medicine Hat Housing Strategy will allow the city of Medicine Hat to align with the National and Provincial Housing Strategies, and it will enable the community to leverage and allocate resources to projects that meet priority needs.  The launch of this strategy is scheduled for 2020.

THRIVE: South Eastern Alberta Strategy to End Poverty and Increase Wellbeing

THRIVE South Eastern Alberta is comprised of a group of representatives from the community that initiated the development of the THRIVE Strategy. The group is made up of several individuals and organizations in our community including those with lived experience, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society, Medicine Hat & District Food Bank Association, City of Medicine Hat, Prairie Rose School Division, Medicine Hat College, YMCA of Medicine Hat, and community members at large.

HelpSeeker also provides a platform to systematically map and inventory community, social and health services. This gives policy-makers, funders, collaboratives and agencies with data, analytics and user feedback in real-time to inform better decision-making and planning.

This resource will be available to community landlords and property management companies and will provide support to landlords when they have tenants who are struggling with their tenancy.  This includes assisting with maintaining housing stability or assisting the landlord and tenant to rehouse into more suitable housing options. This position will have expertise on the Residential Tenancies Act and will also support community partners and service providers with knowledge and training specific to this role.

Workshops and training opportunities are provided to those working with people at risk or experiencing homelessness to leverage the knowledge and expertise of local programs and organizations as well as external facilitators engaged in the work.

This includes the provision of mandatory and supplemental training for service providers (front line staff, team leads, program managers, and EDs), access to training and learning/education opportunities for community partners, and community/ leadership development around systems planning, integration, and the professionalization of service delivery.  Community and stakeholder engagement, planning, and reporting back to the community is included under this initiative. Attendance at conferences is supported as appropriate and as funding permits. 

Some of the workshops offered will be prioritized for Community Based Organization and Community Entity funded programs as they are considered core training requirements.

Training and workshops are free of charge. For information about the workshops or to register, please contact training@mhchs.ca

As the backbone organization of Medicine Hat’s Plan to End Homelessness, we support the sector with the resources to fulfil the Plan’s vision as well as our collective commitment to ensuring Medicine Hat has the necessary resources to support people in need.

We administer funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments for housing with supports programs, support services and one-time projects in support of ending homelessness. This involves:

  • Agreements with orders of government
  • Preparation and administering public calls for application processes when funding is available
  • Preparation and monitoring of contracts to the organizations in the community who implement programs and projects

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society funds 18 programs, delivered by 10 agencies.

Access to Funding

The MHCHS  funds agencies in support of Medicine Hat’s Plan to End Homelessness. Funding is awarded based on the quality of proposals received and the contribution to Medicine Hat’s serving system-of-care.

We fund programs through various public and competitive procurement methods such as a Request for Proposals, grant requests and other public calls for application processes.

From time to time, there are funding opportunities available for programs. These opportunities will be posted on this page as they are released.

If you want to be notified of new opportunities for funding, please email us at funding@mhchs.ca to be added to our mailing list.