McLaren Housing Society owns and manages two buildings both in Downtown Vancouver which are in close proximity to St. Paul’s Hospital, the IDC Clinic, Dr. Peter Centre, AIDS Vancouver and Positive Living BC.
Helmcken House – Opened in 1991 this heritage building offers 32 suites of independent subsidized housing for long term survivors and is the current location of the organization’s head office.
Howe Street – Opened in 2013 Howe Street provides 110 self-contained bachelor, 1 & 2 bedroom units for individuals and families who are HIV+, may have addiction and substance abuse issues and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This supportive housing building provides a permanent housing solution for many people who have struggled in the past to maintain a place to call home.
“The Howe Street development is a significant expansion and recognition of McLaren Housing Society’s ongoing work in providing safe and affordable housing and support services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. We are honored to have been selected as a partner in this initiative and have the opportunity to create a community, offer support and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV. We are most grateful to the Province, City of Vancouver and StreetoHome Foundation for their guidance, leadership and commitment.”
-Darren Kopetsky MHS President Nov 2011
“In 2004 I was in the hospital suffering from full blown AIDS. At the time I had no place to live once I left the hospital. I did not know what I was going to do. The feeling of not having a home was horrible. Then one day my social worker called me with some very good news – that I had an apartment waiting for me at Helmcken House! It has been four years now, and I am truly happy that I finally have a safe, clean apartment with wonderful people in my building. I am now Happy, Healthy, and Alive.
Resident is still in Helmcken House