This is the First Canadian City to Completely End Homelessness

Written by on October 22, 2015 in Economy with 16 Comments

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By Christina Sarich |

If you’ve been without a home for 10 days in Medicine Hat, Alberta in Canada, your days are numbered – in a good way. The city has come up with what is deemed an incredible solution for homelessness, completely ending the tribulations of thousands who face the sordid reality of having no shelter.

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In fact, every single one of the 60,000 in the city of Medicine Hat is housed in an apartment or shelter instead of being left on the streets. Mayor Ted Clugston says 10 days is the absolute limit; the city usually finds housing for homeless people even quicker than that.

In an unconventional program called ‘Housing First’ the city takes care of people’s most essential needs, before trying to figure out why they are homeless (among these reasons are mental health issues, drug addiction, or simply having some tough luck.)

The only state that comes close in the US to achieving such an admirable feat is Utah. The state used this model to reduce its homelessness by 91% in ten years.

The city in Canada has already met the milestones they set to achieve in just 5 years:

  • House 290 homeless people by March 2015, of which 240 would be chronically or episodically homeless.
  • Ensure that no more than 10% of those served by housing first programs return to homelessness by 2015.
  • Eliminate 50% of 2013 emergency shelter beds by 2015 (a 30 bed reduction).
  • Reduce the average length of stay in emergency shelters to 10 days by March 2015.
  • Decrease the flow into homelessness from jails and hospitals.


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  1.' Dannette Griffith says:


  2.' Dena Delaney says:

    Very cool… any pictures ? I can not get the links to work.

  3.' Sharon Wood says:

    We can do this ,if there is a will there is a way.kindness ,compassion ,cooperation.

  4.' Revolution de Mind says:

    anyone else love this as much as me ? 🙂

  5.' Daphne Hogan says:

    How did they do it?

  6.' Dinah Briggs says:

    Amen, miracle.

  7.' Jolan Kent says:

    Faith restored in Medicine Hat/Alberta ! :d

  8.' Julia Young says:

    Detroit/Michigan needs ur Help 911

  9.' Kia Noush says:

    Bravo Medicine Hat Alberta and Utah…Burlington Ontario also had only 1 homeless person left as of a couple years ago..hope none now…other Canadian and US cities, use the model to follow these cities that made it happen….congrats you should be proud….from a fellow Canadian

  10.' Elizabeth Brettig says:

    What a great idea. We should do the same thing here in Australia and then let the renter pay it back in so way. Mowing lawns, cleaning in what ever way he/ she has the ability to do so.

  11.' Susan D. McLean says:

    it’s cooold up there, so this is sooo good! Hope the # of homeless days will go down from 10, too!

  12.' Darren Walshe says:

    We salute you canada

  13.' Margaret Williamson says:

    Good news.

  14.' Isela Mendoza says:

    tell us how & why you did it?

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