submitted by McLaren Housing
Dear Friends of McLaren,
On behalf of McLaren Housing it is my pleasure to share with you all this important announcement.
In the fall of 2017, McLaren was invited to submit an application for the site at 1190 Burrard Street in partnership with the Coop Housing Land Trust. I worked closely with Tiffany at the Land Trust who has done an incredible job of securing all 7 sites.
I can confirm we have been successful and in the Fall of 2021 will be opening a new 20 story building -169 units of affordable housing with a priority on those living with HIV and/or may identify as LGBTQ. Qmmunity will be leasing the commercial space below for their new location and so it will also provide the opportunity for collaborations in the future.
“McLaren Housing Society of BC has been providing housing and support services for families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS for over 30 years. We know from our experience in serving the HIV and LGBTQ community that the positive and immeasurable impacts adequate housing has on overall health and wellbeing not only benefits the individual but society at large. We work with an aging population of long term HIV+ survivors. More than 40% on our increasing waitlist for affordable housing are 50yrs or older and at risk of homelessness. McLaren Housing Society is honored to work with the Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation, its partners and the City of Vancouver to create 169 units of affordable housing in Downtown Vancouver. To work with Qmmunity in the same location further solidifies the opportunity for both organizations to meet the evolving needs of the LGBTQ community in this beautiful city we call home.”
Michael Hoche -President McLaren Housing Society of BC
Founded in 1987, McLaren was the first HIV/AIDS housing provider in Canada. Named in memory of Ted McLaren an early AIDS activist who died in 1985, McLaren has grown from a private residence offering accommodation to five people the organization has expanded to provide a variety of innovative affordable housing options in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior of BC. Currently 300 families and individuals receive housing and support services from the agency.
For further information please contact Kim Stacey, Executive Director McLaren Housing Society of BC, 604-558-490 [email protected].