Living with HIV

How many people living with HIV/AIDS in the Lower Mainland will be sleeping on the streets tonight?

There are thousands of individuals and families in our community living with this disease and many of them will be homeless or have a housing crisis during the course of their illness. The need for safe, affordable HIV-specific housing is real and growing. Research shows that by providing housing to those who are HIV positive and homeless reduces the spread of HIV and improves health outcomes.

From the early days of the AIDS epidemic in 1987 McLaren Housing Society understood the important role that a home can make to those who are living with this disease. Through our service delivery we are able to provide housing to 249 people and families each year in BC – this translates into over 90,885 nights of safe shelter a year.

Our growing waiting list shows that there is a need in our community. In order to continue to expand our housing and supportive services programs over the next twelve months we need your help. Families and individuals will benefit from your contribution in the following ways:

  • $6,000 provides one year of portable subsidy
  • $500 provide a month of portable subsidy
  • $120 provides a week of portable subsidy

Your contribution will address the growing need in our community for affordable housing and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS. No gift is too small.