Human Rights and Housing: New Resources for Community Workers Supporting Clients with Chemical and Environmental Sensitivities

Canadian Lawyer Magazine and The Law Foundation of Ontario have shared the news about CERA’s new resources for community workers, to help support clients with chemical and environmental sensitivities in rental housing:


Canadian Lawyer Magazine:

Human rights and housing resources for environmental sensitivities released

“Non-profit Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation developed a toolkit to help community workers support clients with environmental sensitivities in rental housing.
Common triggers of environmental sensitivities in apartments are perfumes, air fresheners, cleaning products, paint, fumes, and laundry detergent, the new toolkit said.
This resource is especially unique because it brings the community, the law and the medical profession together to address the housing, legal and health needs of renters living with an environmental sensitivity disability,” the foundation said in its statement.”
The Law Foundation of Ontario:

Environmental Sensitivities and Housing

“In collaboration with people with lived experience and with project partners, including Dr. Lynn Marshall (Environmental Health Clinic) and The Table, CERA developed an online Environmental Sensitivities and Housing resource.
It includes a webinar, toolkit, and FAQ videos that answer the questions: what are environmental sensitivities?; what is a housing provider’s obligation to accommodate renters with disabilities?; and what are common requests for accommodation for environmental sensitivities?”
Visit CERA’s website to download the toolkit and watch the videos.

8 responses to “Human Rights and Housing: New Resources for Community Workers Supporting Clients with Chemical and Environmental Sensitivities

  1. TERRIFIC! Thank you for sharing this resource.

  2. This image might have been a better one for this post!

  3. More from CERA here:

    Property Manager’s Guides to MCS
    From the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

    Shows some screenshots and details from the resources found on CERAs website…

    Environmental Sensitivities and Housing

    CERA’s 2 page pamphlet “Creating Healthy Apartments: What You Need to Know”

    Click to access CERA_HH_pamphlet_eng.pdf

    “Housing as a Medical Necessity”

    These people need safe housing. It is medically necessary. However, there are very few affordable homes in Canada that have been designed specifically for people with environmental sensitivities.

    And I don’t know of any public funds that will assist these folks to make or retrofit a home so that they can live healthy, full lives.

    Governments at all levels need to recognize this glaring failure of housing, social and health policy – and fix it!

  4. Now I just hope the US’s HUD office will take it as seriously.

    • CERA has done some great work.

      Everyone can use their materials to educate local organizations too (as well as the articles from the legal entities who shared this information about the new resources)

      I wonder if someone in the US (and anywhere else) could organize a petition so it’s not just one person at a time working on it?
      (note that change . org isn’t a good platform for many people due to the way they require access to email or social media accounts)

      The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation has done some work, and they continue to make efforts, but more engagement seems necessary.

  5. There are some good language (and other) tips here too:

    How to Show That Your Disability Accommodation
    is Disability-Related

  6. Pingback: Two Tales: Temporarily Quarantined or Isolated Forever | Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

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