Warm, permanent housing will soon become available to Calgarians with complex needs, as the province has recently purchased a 15-unit apartment building as part of their Housing First program, according to a press release.
The permanent supportive housing will be managed by the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society.
“The solution to homelessness is not a one size fits all effort,” Ted Clugston, mayor of Medicine Hat, said in the release. “This investment by the province will help address those with needs that go beyond basic housing to achieve a better quality of life.”
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The government of Alberta is investing $2.15 million into this project, which is in addition to the $3.1 million annually provided for Housing First projects and initiatives in Medicine Hat, and the nearly $560,000 in support of the community’s homeless shelter.
“All Albertans deserve to be safe, live in dignity and have a place to call home,” said Irfan Sabir, the minister of community and social services for the Alberta government, in the release.
“Working with our partners, our government is helping Medicine Hat residents get the supports they need while living in a house of their own, so they can regain their independence and get back on their feet.”
Residents are expected to start moving into the supportive housing by the end of 2017, and will have access to 24/7 onsite support.