From Houston to the world - thank y'all so much for your love and generosity.
Our small team of organizers at Mutual Aid Houston are overwhelmed by the outpour of support we have seen over the last few days. In full transparency, we are currently working on getting immediate, direct aid out to Houstonians as soon as possible. Please follow our social media pages for links and details on our distribution. If you would like to contribute, we ask that you first consider the wonderful organizations we have listed below before us.
Please be aware that our handles are ONLY $mutualaidhou and @mutualaidhou - if another account has our name or icon, that's not us.
If you would like an idea of how things are here in Houston and the unique organizing challenges we are facing, please read our thread here. For examples of our previous and ongoing work in the community, get to know us on our website .
All funds will go right back to the Houston community - we will use the money for direct financial aid/wealth redistribution, rebuilding efforts, food and supplies, transportation, and any other needs that may arise.
Please consider making contributions to the following organizations in Houston:
- Crowdsource Rescue (@cs_rescue on Twitter) is a 100% volunteer organization using next-generation technology to quickly connect professional first responders and vetted civilian rescue teams with people in the community who need help after disaster strikes. They've been distributing food, water, generators, and heaters to people without power or water.
- Houseless Organizing Coalition (@HocHtx on Twitter) is a revolutionary coalition fully operated by BIPOC organizers building dual power within Houston's houseless community. They are currently distributing supplies and addressing needs for those in our houseless community.
- West Street Recovery (@weststreetrecovery on Instagram) is a horizontally organized grassroots non-profit organization which aims to use efforts toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey to build community power.
- Houston Food Bank (@HoustonFoodBank on Twitter) serves more than 1.1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties and distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of 1,500 community partners.
- Texas Jail Project (@TxJailProject on Twitter) is a grassroots advocacy project that listens, informs, and advocates for people trapped in Texas county jails. Amidst the Texas Winter Storm, they have setup a rapid response helpline for folks and their families to report on-the-ground conditions in jail facilities where thousands have no clean drinking water and are experiencing neglect. They are distributing funds to people's commissaries for those who are able to purchase food, water, and hygiene products through their jail's commissary stores. They are also posting money to folks' phone accounts and covering the cost of all collect calls from jails.
Community Fridges in Houston:
- HTX Community Fridges x Third Ward Community Fridge | Instagram
- Alief Community Fridge | Instagram
- Baytown Free Fridge | Instagram
- Cloverleaf Community Fridge | Instagram
- Stafford Community Fridge | Instagram
- Tomball Community Fridge | Instagram
More organizations and places to donate will be added as we connect with folks! If you are in org in Houston, please DM us through Twitter, Instagram, or email.
Thank you again to everyone who has been on the ground, donated funds, or even raised awareness. Solidarity, not charity, forever.