As someone who went through Katrina, I can't begin to imagine what the residents of the greater Houston area, and residents in parts of Louisiana are dealing with right now and will be dealing with in the future. Here we've included the information to some organizations that are specifically helping those communities who may be most in need and that are most often forgotten. If you know of any more, please include them in the comments. I will update this as I come across any new or updated information. Y'all stay up and be blessed!
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Organizations Focused on People of Color
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The Black Women’s Defense League is a Dallas-based organization that is working with Houston activists to determine what underserved communities need. Click here for a list of supplies that can be donated; head here to donate money.
RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has been working with Texas shelters to find housing for woman and children stranded by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being released from detention centers. To send clothing, toys and toiletries to these woman and children, mail boxes to the Collins Garden Library in San Antonio.
ICNA Relief, also known as Muslims for Humanity, is a nonprofit that has committed aid to residents of Southern Texas after the devastation of Harvey.
BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund benefits individuals and families who are victims of publicly declared disasters. Tom Joyner founded it following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and he has donated $20,000 to it in the wake of Harvey.
Living Hope Wheelchair Association serves populations with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities, and the bulk of their members are immigrants and low-wage workers. The organization has also been conducting direct rescues since the hurricane made landfall.
SHAPE Community Center says its organization aims to “improve the quality of life for people of African descent (all people) through programs and activities, with emphasis on unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.” Since the storm made landfall in Texas, it has mobilized to help the people of Houston stay safe and find shelter.
South Texas Human Rights Center is committed to keeping immigrant families intact and preventing migrant deaths along the Texas-Mexico border through community initiatives. The border—and those living on it—were in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey.
Organizations Helping Other Marginalized Communities
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was created by the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, as a direct response to individuals and corporations asking how they could help the city. On Monday (August 28), Turner who is also a lawyer, announced in a press conference that he would personally represent any undocumented people who faced deportation as a result of seeking help because of the storm.
The Way Home works to end homelessness in Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County. It has partnered with a network of area shelters to achieve this. Donate directly to The Way Home or to its partners.
Portlight assists people with disabilities who have medical needs or require shelter as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Diaper Bank provides emergency diaper kits (which are not distributed by relief agencies) for babies, seniors and people with disabilities.
The Homeless Period Project of Austin distributes tampons, pads and other period-related items to those displaced by the storm.
The Texas Black Expo and Emmy Award-winning producer, entrepreneur, and Houston native Rushion McDonald have teamed up to raise $100,000 for small businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Eligible applicants will receive a one-time grant of $1,000 within 48 business hours of application approval. (Click here to view the application.)
The grants can be used to replace office supplies, office furniture, office equipment, office cleanup and minor remodeling projects.
"One of the key focuses of the Texas Black Expo is strengthening businesses. We realize that strong businesses are the cornerstone of strong communities, so it is imperative that we do all we can to help small businesses recover so that our communities can come back stronger than ever," Texas Black Expo president and founder Jerome Love said.
McDonald, who has been nationally-recognized as a pioneer in supporting small business development for decades, said the mission resounded with him.
"For the past 20 years, I have celebrated the uplifting and growth of small businesses in this country. It is the reason I launched Money Making Conversations, a show that empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses," he said. "Partnering with Texas Black Expo to raise funds for hurricane-damaged small businesses is an opportunity to continue my small business support."
Anyone wishing to donate to the relief fund can visit texasblackexpo.com and click on the Hurricane Harvey banner.
“Austin anticipates hosting Texans speaking dozens of languages in the coming weeks,” Adler said on Thursday. “If you are a member of one of Austin’s bilingual communities, you might be the hero we’re looking for to help our guests feel at home.”
Adler said two priorities are medical interpretation and knowledge of Asian languages.
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