The concept for the Coop was born out of the experience our founder has had hosting homeless people with MCS at her house near Syracuse, NY. The lack of options for these homeless people, as well as her own desire for a place to live out her elderly years in community, but with independence also, prompted our founder to form the group and search long and hard for a suitable housing site. We have finally found one! Bravo!
2014 We came together as a focus group and began to learn and explore programs and possiblites. We zeroed in on the cooperative model and found our mentor, Andy Richer of UHAB.
We found a nice 3 unit site in Tully, NY, but the sale fell through. We continue to look for an affordable site.
Jan 1st. 2015 We received our 501c status. We continued exploring funding solutions and asked the county housing authority to provide home ownership vouchers to disabled people on Section 8.
March 2016 Launched our website.
Canary Cooperative Case Statement A thorough explanation of the need for affordable MCS housing.
Canary Cooperative Values and Principles (3 page pdf)
Member Rights and Responsibilities (2 page pdf)
Why a Cooperative? Eleven reasons why MCS people need housing cooperatives. (2 page pdf)
Follow the Money A four page explanation of why we need financial help to create affordable MCS housing, and how the Canary Coop would purchase a site and sell shares to members.
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.