Medicine Hat eradicates homelessness

The city of Medicine Hat in Alberta has ended homelessness; the first Canadian city to do so, according to its mayor.

Ted Clugston told CTV that the city’s ‘housing first’ approach means a homeless person is housed before any other problems, such as addiction, are tackled.

He said that 885 people, including 225 children have been provided with housing since the scheme began in 2009.

Finding a home, covering the first month’s rent and security deposit and subsidizing rent for up to 18 months pays dividends for the community as well as the individual, the mayor said.

Fewer hospital admissions and interactions with police are among the benefits seen since the pledge to end homelessness took effect. 
 

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