Overview of multi-unit environmental
housing in the United States and Canada

 

 

There are several housing projects in the United States and one in Canada that cater to people with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).  A couple also accommodate people with electrical hypersensitivity (EHS).

 

Keywords:  MCS, chemical sensitivity, electrical sensitivity, housing, apartment, rental, intentional community, community, USA

 

 

Introduction

People disabled with environmental sensitivities (chemical sensitivities, electrical sensitivities) often face a housing crisis.  They are unable to live in regular housing and healthy housing is scarce and expensive.  People on disability can rarely afford to buy such a home.

 

Several multi-unit housing projects have been created in the United States over the years, to provide short-term and long-term housing.  The earliest started in the 1980s.  Several have since closed again for various reasons.

 

Some projects are in the cities, some are in rural areas.  Some are apartments or houses with all amenities, while some are more basic camps.

 

The cost of renting or buying varies dramatically.  Two of the projects are government subsidized for people on a low income.

 

An extra benefit of living in these places is the opportunity for having a social life with people who are safe to be around and understand what it means to have the illness.  Two of the developments have turned into intentional communities with long-term residents who own their homes.

 

Only two developments (Rockin R Ranch and Regina Caelis Cottages) were specifically designed to be low-EMF for people with electrical sensitivities.  A few others have minor modifications or features that reduce electronic radiation.

 

Some of the unit numbers are approximate.  Ecology Housing had about twenty-five units (huts and trailers) in the 1990s, which made it the largest.

 

Several private residences have “granny flats” attached to them for rent.  These are not included on this list.

 


Name/Town


Units


Rental

Private
Own


Rural


Camp


Detached


Status

Purpose
Built


Comments

Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hansa Trail
Snowflake

14+

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Rural neighbor-hood on large lots

Rockin R Ranch
Snowflake

4

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

State funded, low income only

Rosemary’s
Chino Valley

4

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Closed

Yes

Steel huts and trailers

California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecology House
San Rafael

11

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

HUD funded, low-income only

The Last Resort
Potrero

6

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Closed

?

Cottages and trailers

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Beach Island
Melbourne

8

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Converted beachfront motel (formerly Pride and Joy)

The Natural Place
Deerfield Beach

5

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Converted motel(?)

New Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commons on the Alameda
Santa Fe

4

 

Yes

-

-

-

-

 

Mixed with non-MCS townhouses

Pat Shirley’s
Questa

4

4

 

4

Yes

Yes

Closed

 

Trailer sites and one hut

Ontario

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrhaven
Ottawa

7

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

?

Non-Profit

Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Rea – Courtyard
Dallas

23

Yes

 

 

 

 

Closed

 

Converted hotel suites

Dr. Rea – Meadow
Dallas

18

Yes

 

 

 

 

Closed

 

Converted condos

Ecology Housing
Seagoville/Dallas

10

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Mixed

 

Yes

Steel huts

Lake Tawakoni
Point / Dallas

3

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Closed

N/A

Trailer sites only

Raintree
Dallas

12

Yes

 

 

 

 

Closed

 

Converted apartments

Regina Caelis (Earl’s)
Dallas

18

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Converted condos

Regina Caelis Cottages
Ennis/Dallas

10

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Custom built cottages

Sprague House
Garland/Dallas

5

Yes

 

 

 

 

Closed

 

Villa converted to rooming house

 

 

More information

Several of these housing projects are described in detailed articles available through www.eiwellspring.org/multiunit.html.  See also www.eiwellspring.org/arizonalocal.html about environmental communities.

 

If you wish to rent or visit these communities, contact them directly.  Do NOT contact this website.

 

2011 (last updated 2018)