Welcome to Canary Housing Cooperative of New York State

Our mission is to create and coordinate housing co-ops in New York State dedicated to the restricted lifestyle required by chemically sensitive and electrically sensitive people. The Canary Housing Cooperative is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

We are excited to have found and purchased our first housing site! We closed on this beautiful house in central New York near Syracuse on December 23, 2016. 

Click here for details, more pictures and information for prospective residents.


To get involved please call 315-810-COOP  (315-810-2667) or email: canaryhousingcooperative@yahoo.com

Volunteers are needed to help with cleaning and renovations. Workers of all skill levels are appreciated. Gifts of used appliances are also accepted. Click here for a list of tasks and items needed.

The Canary Cooperative needs to raise about $3,000 over the next four months to cover the cost of updating the house to meet bank standards for a mortgage.

The mortgage will be held by the Cooperative and should provide enough funds to complete three living units within the house. Remember, small donations add up. Thank you!

You can also benefit the Canary Cooperative while you shop at Amazon.


We are keeping a list of the people in need of environmentally safe housing across New York State, to document the need and let us know where and what kind of housing people need.

Featured Poem

Canary Dedication
There are those whose lives seem divided into two paths:  the “Before” and the “After”.   The “Before” path was brimming with vibrant health, wondrous joy, and optimistic anticipation.   The “After” path is laden with pain, sorrow, isolation, and despair.   We did not choose this path;  we were thrust upon it.
The challenges bombard us.   Our warning pleas are futile.   Why must our world be toxic?   How can we escape the poisons that engulf us?   Are our lives not more valued than the sacrificial canary?
Though we seem to sink in a sea of pollution and tears, we will someday rise above this tragedy and rejoice with healing and peace.
Patricia L. Whittington, all rights reserved  

Donations to the Canary Housing Cooperative are tax deductible.

Gifts may be general, or may be earmarked for specific parts of our first housing site, near Syracuse NY!

Another funding solution we are looking for is interest free loans to help us acquire other housing or refinance our current site.

For More Information About the Need for Accessible Housing for MCS and EHS people, and the Cooperative Solution, See Our Case Statement Page.
An explanation of the financial dilemma that MCS people find themselves in, and how we want to come together to solve the problem of low-income housing, is on the Donate Page.