Social Development is available to offer consultative, administrative, and funding support to volunteer groups and agencies who endeavor to meet the social needs in the community.
One of the goals of Social Development is to encourage residents and volunteers to become involved in the planning and provision of community programs and services. Through the boards listed below residents are given the opportunity to get involved locally and make a real impact in the community the live in.
Boards and Committees
- Social Development Advisory Board
- Public Services Committee
- Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
- Transit Advisory Committee
- Advisory Committee on Disability Issues
Preventive Social Services Act
In July 1996, The Preventive Social Services Act was passed by the Government of Alberta. The Act included 80/20 cost sharing between the Government of Alberta and municipalities or Metis Settlements of projects identified by the community. These projects must have an emphasis on non-profit social service programs and volunteerism. FCSS funding allocation is based on the population of each participating municipality, with an adjustment based on the median income level of each community.
The City of Medicine Hat has been involved with FCSS funding since the late 1970's. The City of Medicine Hat manages the FCSS funding and collaborates with agencies and the community to better understand social issues/needs and how best to respond to them.
The City of Medicine Hat currently uses FCSS funding to support, in part, the following:
- Senior Services
- Musasa House
- Medicine Hat Family Services
- Community Resource Worker Project
- Community Development Grants
The Social Development department works in conjunction with the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society (MHCHS) to provide Affordable Housing in Medicine Hat. Through a partnership with and funding from Alberta Urban and Municipal Affairs, the City is involved in the creation of additional affordable housing units that will be managed and maintained by the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society. The City is represented on the MHCHS Board of Directors by one alderman and one staff person.
Moving From Charity to Investment - Reducing the Cost of Poverty in Medicine Hat
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Contact Social Development:
General Inquiries: 403.529.8316
Fax Line: 403.529.8369