Helmcken House and Howe Street
Our Mission: To provide safe, secure and affordable housing and support services for families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS to increase the opportunity for improved health, wellness, independent living and sense of community.

*NEW* Housing Promotes Health for People Living with HIV

An extensive review of studies on housing, HIV and health carried out by researchers at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network shows that housing is an important determinant of health for positive folks. According to the OHTN:

“Working with colleagues in the U.S. and Canada, researchers from the OHTN have shown a conclusive link between housing and health outcomes for people living with HIV. The review canvassed 152 studies containing information on nearly 140,000 people living with HIV. Results showed that poor housing was associated with poorer health outcomes across a range of measures.”

Better engagement with health care, an increased likelihood of antiretroviral adherence, and maintenance of social support networks are just a few things that can come with stable housing. The original post, backgrounder, and article in the American Journal of Public Health are available here.

McLaren is very excited to be teaming up with KGP Films as part of the Play It Forward initiative by the Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society.

KGP Films


Here’s a note from Kate, the director of our upcoming short documentary:
“I am thrilled to have been paired up with the McLaren Housing Society of BC. As a filmmaker, ‘Play it Forward’ is really a wonderful opportunity to give back by creating a project that can help a truly special and important non-profit such as McLaren Housing. I look forward to getting to know more of the employees and residents and bringing the story of the McLaren Housing Society to life.”

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!