There is an international housing crisis and you probably never heard about it. People with toxic brain injuries are being forced out of their homes and onto the streets, into their cars and tents in the woods, because their house is making them too ill to stay.

They have serious reactions to formaldehyde, carpet glue, and other toxic substances commonly found in everyday building materials. These chemicals may cause cancer and other serious illnesses in the average "healthy" person in 10 or 20 years down the line but for those more vulnerable to these substances - like infants, children on the autism spectrum, people with environmental sensitivities, and other groups - exposure to these construction materials can make them deathly ill right now. Forced out of their homes, jobs and communities, they then enter a cycle of homelessness that they can never escape without community support. The situation is so desperate that some have turned to suicide.

Re|shelter was formed as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in May 2010 and was officially dissolved (closed down) in April 2019. During its nine-year run as a charity, re|shelter disbursed $25,900 in individual housing renovation grants to 38 people suffering from severe, disabling environmental illness through their Safe Oasis Housing Grants Program. Funds were used to upgrade the living environment of selected grant recipients through the purchase of water filtration systems, air purifiers, non-toxic construction materials, safe rooms, first month's rent for non-toxic housing rentals, and related expenses. The need for financial and other types of assistance for people with severe, disabling environmental illness remains great. We are leaving our website up as a symbol of hope + inspiration, and we encourage others with the energy + devotion to carry the torch and create a non-profit for this very worthy cause.

Please bear with us as we update this website. We will be building a new housing website with updated housing listings and resource links, but it probably won't be ready until 2020. Thank you for your patience.