After 30 Years

30 Years of McLaren Housing Society

1987 – McLaren Housing Society Incorporated

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

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).

1994

Five more government subsidies allocated to MHS

1996 – 1998

17 new portable subsidies created, financed by MHS fundraising efforts

2000

2000

Public Housing: Seymour Place opens with 20 new Government subsidized units allocated to MHS

2001

10 more Government subsidies created

2002

2002

10 subsidized units in Mole Hill redevelopment obtained

2002 – 2008

10 additional portable subsidies made possible through fundraising

2008

ESP program commences with 25 portable subsidies

2008

2008

Funding for the Howe Street Project is approved

2010

The MAC AIDS Fund provides 5 supportable subsidies for the LEAP (Living Empowered & Positive) Program

2011

STOP AIDS (Vancouver Coastal Health) provides 5 portable subsidies for families living in Vancouver

2012

The Sponsored Subsidy Program (SSP) was created

2013

2013

The Howe Street development was completed creating 110 units of subsidized social housing

2017

2017

McLaren Housing Society of British Columbia celebrates 30 years of service in providing housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS!