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The McLaren Story - Old

Housing is Health - Living Positive Begins at Home

Many people with HIV and AIDS find it impossible to continue working as their illness progresses. Often, this leads to inadequate housing at a time when a clean, quiet and private home environment is more critical than ever to sustaining physical and emotional health. Furthermore, when uncertainties about housing exist, essential nutritional needs often remain unmet.

The McLaren Housing Society of British Columbia is a non-profit organization that provides safe, affordable housing to men, women and families who live with HIV/AIDS, are in financial need and yet are able to live independently.

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 Rent Supplements in order to better meet the needs of the clients.

Helmcken House Opens

The Society’s second major housing project was Helmcken House, a renovated heritage building located in downtown Vancouver South.

Also a prototype in Canada, Helmcken House was opened in July, 1991 and offers a total of 32 one bedroom and bachelor apartment units. Its location ensures ease of access to St. Paul’s Hospital, medical specialists and the comprehensive support services of the Pacific AIDS Resource Centre. In 2000 McLaren was allotted 20 more units at Seymour Place, under the administration of Affordable Housing Society and 10 units at Mole Hill Community Housing Society in 2002.

Helmcken House Photo

McLaren Continues to Expand Housing Stock

The five rent supplement units, made available when the original McLaren House closed, have now expanded to more than100. Our portable subsidies, 28 of which have been made possible through McLaren Housing’s creative fund raising, allow clients to remain in their own homes or choose their own apartments..

The primary goal of McLaren is to maintain and expand available housing. We are able to realize this vision through collaborations, partnerships and fund raising initiatives. The Society is deeply committed to meeting the ever evolving housing and support needs of the HIV/AIDS community.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF MCLAREN HOUSING SOCIETY

1987
Society incorporated; McLaren House opens with 5 Government subsidies
5
1991
Helmcken House Opens: 32 Gov’t subsidies are added
37
1994
5 more Gov’t subsidies allocated to McLaren
42
1996   to 1998
17 new Portable Subsidies created, financed by McLaren fundraising efforts
59
2000
Public Housing: Seymour Place opens with 20 new Gov’t-subsidized units
79
2001
10 more portable Gov’t subsidies allocated
89
2002
10 subsidized units in Mole Hill redevelopment project
99+
2002   to 2008
10 additional portable subsidies made possible through fundraising
109
2008
Supportables program initiated (20 supported portable subsidies)
129
2008
Howe Street development announced and planning commences, on 110 units of social housing to be operated by McLaren
-
2010
MAC AIDS Fund provides 5 supportable subsidies for the LEAP Program
134
2011
STOP AIDS (VCH) provides 5 portable subsidies(SILS) for families living in Vancouver
139
2012
SSP (sponsored subsidy program) is created
140
2013
Howe Street development completed, on 110 units of subsidized social housing
250
 

Sparkle

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sparkling wine reception at 8:00 p.m.

Scotia Tower on Georgia at Seymour

Join us. Sparkle.

$125 per guest, limited tickets tax receipt for $90

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