Housing Programs

Providing housing
and support services.

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society directly manages 581 rental units and approximately 386 private market rent supplements throughout Medicine Hat and Redcliff.

These units are available for households with low or modest incomes. The chart below identifies the maximum allowable income per household depending on the number of bedrooms required by the household, as determined by the Government of Alberta.

An application process determines eligibility for housing programs. The applicant is evaluated according to household income thresholds, household composition, asset limits, and citizenship requirements. Once it is determined that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, they are placed on a waiting list for the most suitable housing program. Priority on the waitlist is determined by level of need.

Maximum Household Income Thresholds

Income Thresholds are a calculation used to determine the income that a household needs in order to secure adequate private sector accommodation. This chart identifies the maximum allowable income per household based on the number of bedrooms required by the household,  as determined by Government of Alberta criteria.

Households whose income falls below local income thresholds are eligible to apply.

Accommodation TypeMaximum Household Income
Bachelor$30,000
One Bedroom$30,500
Two Bedroom$35,000
Three Bedroom$44,500
Four + Bedroom$50,500

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society manages 193 Family and 30 Special Needs housing units throughout Medicine Hat.

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society manages 229 Seniors Self-Contained units in seven buildings throughout Medicine Hat and Redcliff. This program offers apartments in both high-rise and low-rise accessible buildings.

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society manages 130 Affordable Housing Units throughout Medicine Hat. Households with stable low to modest incomes are appropriate for our Affordable (or below market) Housing Program.

If you need help to pay your rent, the Rent Supplement program may provide some relief. Rent Supplement programs are geared towards individuals who live in private market rental accommodations and who prefer to remain in their current home but have financial difficulty maintaining their residence.

Subsidized Programs

Subsidized programs fall into two categories, Social Housing and Affordable Housing. 

Social Housing Programs
Family and Special Needs Housing
  • City of Medicine Hat Owned
18
  • Province of Alberta Owned
205
Seniors Self-Contained Units229
Rent Supplement386
Total Social Housing Program968
Affordable Housing Programs
Affordable Housing Units
  • Medicine Hat Community Housing Society Owned
85
  • City of Medicine Hat Owned
32
Private Affordable13
Total Affordable Housing Program130
Annual Review Required

The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society is required to review the circumstances for all housing tenants on an annual basis to determine their continued eligibility for the program, as well as to calculate new rental fees based on any changes in the household’s income. Tenants are responsible for advising the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society of such changes to household income and family composition as they occur.

Rent Charges

Rents charged for subsidized housing programs are based on a provincially mandated formula for each program.  Social Housing Program rents are based on a percentage of income, generally 30% of the household’s total combined income. Affordable Housing Program rents are set at a certain percentage below market and are calculated based on program regulations.