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McLaren Housing Society

McLaren Housing Society of British Columbia

Founded in 1987 McLaren was the first HIV/AIDS housing provider in Canada.  From a private residence offering accommodation to 5 people, the organization has expanded to provide a variety of innovative affordable housing options and support services to 282 people in 249 homes in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior of BC.

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.

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.

  • Company Type:Non-Profit Organization
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