MCS - Safe Housing Proposed
For several years, Recreation Health & Wholeness, a nonprofit
organization, has been working on the housing needs of people with CFS and
Fibromyalgia (FM). Toward what they’ve dubbed the PWC Cohousing Project, they
have acquired sites in Gloucester,
Massachusetts (which is currently being run as a retreat
and guesthouse) and in Windsor, South
For economic reasons, the first phase of Recreation Health & Wholeness’
PWC Cohousing project cannot accommodate people with multiple chemical
sensitivities (MCS). However, after being inundated with inquiries from the MCS
community, the organization has decided to offer one of the
South Carolina sites for sale to
those who might be interested in forming a group to build an MCS-compatible
community. This 27-acre piece of land is adjacent to the Aiken Gopher Tortoise
Heritage Preserve (http://www.dnr.sc.gov/managed/heritage/aikengopher/description.html),
and was acquired after extensive research into both setting and economics.
In establishing the PWC Cohousing project, Recreation Health & Wholeness
has researched low interest financing for qualified low income homebuyers,
options for group organization and funding sources for community development.
They are also willing to bring their design, planning and development experience
to the table to help the MCS community. Says founder Judy Warrington, “We would
be in a position to act as consultants in this capacity for a similar MCS
ways a functioning CFS/FM community and an MCS community could work
Among those who’ve contacted Recreation Health & Wholeness inquiring
about MCS housing are people who have backgrounds in grant writing, fundraising,
marketing, communications, bookkeeping, management, design and floor-planning.
, “Combining those
skills would make the development, building and administration of an MCS housing
project easier and more cost effective. We’ve also heard from nutritionists,
organic gardeners, physical therapists, yoga instructors and pilates instructors
who can help keep the community as healthy as possible.”
Those interested in purchasing land or starting a group to create an MCS-safe
housing project should contact Recreation Health and Wholeness.
Warrington asks interested parties
to email email@example.com
and include a telephone number so discussions can begin.
For more on Judy Warrington and developments with the PWC Cohousing
Project, look for the upcoming profile “A Home Run” in the spring issue of the
the CFIDS Chronicle.