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The Homelessness Crisis That You Never Heard About
Thursday 12 April 2018
The homelessness crisis that you never heard about
For people with multiple chemical sensitivities, toxic fragrances and molds can affect lives and livelihoods.
SUSAN’S HOME was making her sick. She’d searched a long time to find this apartment. With a small budget and health problems requiring certain conditions, it wasn’t easy to find a place that worked.
And now it wasn’t working anymore. Her throat was on fire, and she felt like she had the flu. Many days, she had migraines or trouble breathing. She couldn’t concentrate.
Susan’s work, which she did on the computer in her home office, was becoming seriously impaired. She started to worry about money. She was so tired. She’d moved in only four months ago, and this was a crushing disappointment. She needed a solution.
What was the problem?
First, the common hallways had been re-carpeted, and every time she opened the door, the off-gassing volatile chemicals rushed in.
Then, a new tenant had moved in below with lots of air fresheners and scented candles. The fumes seeped into Susan’s space day and night. Opening windows rarely helped, because the outside air carried powerful synthetic fragrances from the laundry room.
Susan has multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS).
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