Mole Hill Community Housing Society operates 170 units of housing under the provincial HOMES BC program. This is a housing model where tenants are selected using a system of eligibility based on a range of housing needs and income.
Governance of Mole Hill Community Housing Association is the responsibility of the board of directors.
Mole Hill Today
Today, Mole Hill supports a relaxed and friendly community in the middle of an ultra-urban environment. West End and Mole Hill residents meet and chat in the laneway. Children play together in back and front yards. Gardeners complain to each other about the weeds and squirrels, and trade tips on care for their tomato plants, in the Community Gardens.
And all of this is two blocks away from the ocean, a stunning view of the mountains, the Seawall, and Stanley Park. There are many aspects to the community envisioned in the Mole Hill project in addition to preserving the heritage and history of the West End of Vancouver. Diversity of community is extremely important to Mole Hill, and so there are many different community needs which MHCHS attempts to address.
There are 170 units on the Hill. There are both market and subsidy suites available, ranging in suite sizes from bachelor to 3 bedrooms. 10 units are dedicated to the wait list of the MacLaren Housing Society, which provides homes for persons living with AIDS. The St. Paul’s Heart Home, which provides housing for heart transplant patients and their families while recuperating from surgery, is directly across from St. Paul’s Hospital.
Watson House, with a transition home run by the Coast Mental Health Foundation, provides rooms and support for 8 people learning to reintegrate with the community while managing mental health issues.On the corner of Thurlow and Comox, the Dr. Peter Centre provides both in and out patient care for people living with AIDS, providing support, meals, and harm reduction services.Mole Hill was created with environmental sustainability and commitment in mind.
All the homes are heated with geo-thermal technologies, which minimize the energy consumption necessary for heating by using the earth’s natural underground warmth through energy-efficient heat exchanging pumps. A focus on energy-efficient lighting and appliances also helps minimize energy use. The resources saved in effectively “recycling” the heritage homes was joined by a commitment to use other recycled materials in construction. As well, the gardens were constructed using recycled bricks and lumber. In the alley, there are four spots dedicated to the Vancouver Co-operative Auto Network, and a number of the residents are Co-op members.Every Saturday throughout the summer months, a Farmer’s Market offers a selection of locally produced food and other items on Comox Street.An Executive Director, Property Manager and other staff are responsible for the day to day upkeep and management of Mole Hill.