30 Years of McLaren Housing Society
1987 – McLaren Housing Society Incorporated
Founded in 1987, the Society developed out of the original Housing Committee of AIDS Vancouver and is named after Ted McLaren, who was one of Vancouver’s leading advocates for affordable housing for persons with AIDS. McLaren Housing’s first project was a five-bedroom house offering a communal living situation in a supportive environment. This home was known as McLaren House, and was the first project of its kind in Canada. McLaren House was closed in September 1993 and those housing units were replaced by portable rental subsidies in order to better meet the needs of the clients.
1991 – Helmcken House Opens
The Society’s second major housing project was Helmcken House, a renovated heritage building located in downtown Vancouver South. Opened in July 1991 and offering a total of 32 one bedroom and bachelor apartment units, Helmcken House is located within easy access to St. Paul’s Hospital, and the comprehensive medical support services of The John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC).
Five more government subsidies allocated to MHS
1996 – 1998
17 new portable subsidies created, financed by MHS fundraising efforts
Public Housing: Seymour Place opens with 20 new Government subsidized units allocated to MHS
10 more Government subsidies created
10 subsidized units in Mole Hill redevelopment obtained
2002 – 2008
10 additional portable subsidies made possible through fundraising
ESP program commences with 25 portable subsidies
Funding for the Howe Street Project is approved
The MAC AIDS Fund provides 5 supportable subsidies for the LEAP (Living Empowered & Positive) Program
STOP AIDS (Vancouver Coastal Health) provides 5 portable subsidies for families living in Vancouver
The Sponsored Subsidy Program (SSP) was created
The Howe Street development was completed creating 110 units of subsidized social housing
McLaren Housing Society of British Columbia celebrates 30 years of service in providing housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS!