Canary Housing Cooperative

Dearest and I are deeply involved with this non-profit, which was founded by a very old and dear friend who has the same physical problems I do because of Environmental Illness/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

Housing for folks like us is very, very limited.  A lot of us become ill because of toxic housing and end up not only sick, but also homeless.  Hence, the project.

As a volunteer architect, Dearest helped find the right house, then designed renovations to turn it into three chemical and electrical sensitivity-safe units.

As a volunteer contractor, he now donates one day a week to physical work on the site.  At the moment, they’re mostly doing cleaning (the oil tank HAD to go!) and demolition.

As a volunteer computer nerd, I have obtained the sales tax exemption number (what a pile of paperwork THAT was!) and designed and printed our stationery, which is über cute, even if I say so. 🙂

My chief task at the moment is to monitor local freecycle and online garage sale sites for building materials we’re going to need.

At the moment, we have zero bucks.  With $5,000, we could do the improvements the bank requires to get a construction mortgage to finance the rest of the renovations.  After the work is done, the units will be sold or rented, providing money to repay the mortgage.

We have a web site now!  It explains things and has pics of the house.

http://canaryhousingcooperative.org/

If any of you are looking to maybe transfer your tithe to a new organization, this is a good one!  NOBODY takes a salary.  Every single penny will be squeezed until it screams to move us toward our goal of providing housing for three EI-ers.

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2 responses to “Canary Housing Cooperative

  1. What a great project! I’m going to add your site to our Garden Paths. 🙂

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Thank you!! Mama Buzz noticed there is a link to Amazon Smile on the Canary web page. We both changed our charities. Such a totally painless way to support a worthy cause.

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