In Hurricane Harvey's Wake
Updated: August 30
How to help the victims of Texas flooding
If you need help right now:
For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or the Coast Guard, which has opened extra phone lines.
For a list of shelters, check here.
If you live in Texas and you can help:
Can you volunteer? Volunteer Houston is matching people with opportunities.
Do you have a boat? The Houston Police Department just called off its request for help with water rescues. The city of Port Arthur just issued its own call for help from anyone with a boat.
Can you offer free housing? Airbnb will match you with someone who needs it. (Update: Airbnb has extended its waiver of service fees for these bookings through September 25).
Want to donate blood? The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center had less than a day’s supply available before the hurricane hit and has issued a call for donations.
Wherever you live:
There are many, many donation needs and opportunities. Here are some groups with smaller budgets and outsized impact. In these troubled times, many of these groups are being called upon by community members who don't feel they can safely call police or other government institutions.
In a state where protections for undocumented immigrants are under attack, the community organization RAICES advocates for immigrant children and families, many of whom face the fear of detention and deportation while navigating floodwaters.
The Texas Organizing Project and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service both have a long track record of making life better for the poorest Texans who will be disproportionately impacted by this disaster. The Texas Organizing Project has set up the justice-focused Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund.
Self-Help for African People through Education (SHAPE) Community Center is focused on the needs of Houston's African American community. The Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter is collecting school supplies for Houston public school students.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation has just established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Team Rubicon deploys veterans to support disaster relief efforts.
The Houston Transgender Unity Committee and LatinaTransTexas are focused on the needs of trans people in the wake of the storm, some of whom may be denied government support because of discrimination.
The Texas Diaper Bank keeps families healthy by providing diapers, wipes, and senior incontinence items (which are not always provided by disaster relief agencies). They're asking for both diaper and monetary donations.
These most recent events will once again have us talking about climate change. Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services is helping to drive this conversation in Houston and across the state.
*This post is being continuously updated as conditions change. Please send us your tips.
*Thank you Lina Maria Del Castillo, Stephennie Mulder, Renee Hoffman Heath, Kandace Vallejo, and Monique Chavoya for your tips!