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The Best Ways To Support Communities Fighting for Survival in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Evacuees fill up cots Monday at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston, which has been turned into a shelter run by the American Red Cross to house victims of the high water from Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey has devastated huge swaths of Texas, and it might be coming back around for more.

While politicians bicker about aid dollars, frontline communities are, as usual, doing the work themselves, mobilizing their own networks to get critical supplies and support to where they’re needed most.

The Another Gulf is Possible Collaborative has been organizing in the area from Texas to Florida. Led by women of color, the collaborative advocates for climate and economic justice in the Gulf states, which makes them a great resource for anyone who wants to help but doesn’t know how. The collaborative has provided this list of all the ways you can support the people hit hardest by Harvey.

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Tejas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (Houston)

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) is dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation.



Organización Latina de Trans en Texas

The Organización Latina de Trans en Texas promotes equality for transgender Latinas in Texas.



The Houston Transgender Unity Committee

The Transgender Foundation of America created this disaster relief fund because trans, intersex, and genderqueer individuals have historically experienced significant difficulties in natural disaster situations. Worse, recent attacks by lawmakers have resulted in heightened hostility against local trans people. This fund will be used to help our historically underserved community recover from this catastrophic event. If needed, the fund will also assist with burial costs for community members who’ve lost their lives in this historic disaster.




We have been working closely with the Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, disability organizations, TX state government, the FEMA Regional Disability Integration Specialist and Partnership member organizations from across the country. Portlight has also joined forces with the Cajun Navy to optimize our shared commitment to rescuing people and with Trach Mommas to begin the process of getting disability supplies to people who need them to maintain their health and independence. We are also partnering with Anthem, and appreciate their generous assistance for our hotline and disaster relief efforts.



L’eau Est La Vie Camp

L’eau Est La Vie Camp is preparing disaster response with Louisiana Flood Relief and our relatives all along the path of Hurricane Harvey.



Bayou Action Street Health

BASH is a collective of medical professionals and lay people who believe that health care is a human right


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Living Hope Wheelchair Association

Living Hope is an independent, non-profit organization serving people with spinal cord injuries as well as with other disabilities so that they may lead full and productive lives. Our group was founded by people with spinal cord injuries, the majority of our members are not entitled to benefits, lack medical insurance, and do not have a stable source of income. We provide services to our members and engage in community advocacy to achieve our goals.



Fe y Justicia Workers Center

Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, after six years as a fiscally sponsored project of Interfaith Worker Justice, became an independent 501c3 non-profit under our new name “Fe y Justicia Worker Center” (Faith and Justice Worker Center) in 2012. We continue to be affiliated with Interfaith Worker Justice through the National Worker Center Network and IWJ is very supportive of our move to independence. For our Houston Worker Center, this means the beginning of the next chapter in our growth and development as an organization.



S.H.A.P.E. Community Center

As one of the most visible and involved community centers in Houston’s African-American community and the Houston community as a whole, S.H.A.P.E. has led the way toward justice, equal opportunity, and institution building in the city, state, nation and world. Because of its deep commitment to the community, S.H.A.P.E. has actively sought ways to oppose injustice and to better the community for all people.



South Texas Human Rights Center

The STHRC is a 501c3 which is financially supported through grants, corporate and personal donations, and the volunteer service of many individuals and organizations.



Greater Houston Autonomous Relief

My name is Natalie Ruiz, my close friend and I were not affected by the hurricane but we have many friends and family who are and are assembling a non government group of people who want to help in any way we can. This gofundme is for Greater Houston Autonomous Relief for anyone in need. We are the community of Houston and surrounding areas coming together to help each other during and after #HurricaneHarvey. We believe in helping each other instead of relying on the State which does not have our best interests at heart.



NBUF Houston Harvey Relief Effort

NBUF Houston is raising money to provide relief and support to hurricane Harvey victims.



GOOD Campaign: Help Harvey Victims on Dialysis

Please help children and adults on dialysis whose treatments are disrupted by natural disasters. Dialysis patients (and their families), in general, are over-extended with medical expenses not covered by health insurance. For example, hemodialysis patients must get treatment at dialysis centers 3 times per week, 4 hours at a time. Just like homes, dialysis centers have been affected by current flooding conditions. This has created a dire need for transportation to alternative healthcare centers. It is our hope that we raise awareness and funds to assist these special patients in need.



EMERGE Harvey Relief Fund for Youth

While everyone in Houston is struggling to figure out how to heal from this storm, we know that the chaos and unknown this has caused will be life-altering for many of the students and families in EMERGE.

Over the next month, we expect many students will face homelessness, food insecurity and limited access to basic necessities.

At this time, we believe that more than 200* students in the EMERGE program have been negatively impacted by the storm.



Austin Pets Alive

Austin Pets Alive! depends on generous donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund our programs, supplies, and operational expenses. APA! provides animals in its program with food, shelter, veterinary care, obedience training and the promotion and matching necessary to find a forever family. We need your help!



Texas SPCA

Since 1938, the SPCA of Texas has responded to animals in need through the generous support of private individuals, corporations and foundations. We help over 50,000 animals receive the love, attention and medical care they need each year. But we need your help to continue providing the wide array of programs and services the SPCA of Texas offers to the North Texas community.



Dallas DogRRR

Thank you very much for supporting Dallas DogRRR. We rescue the injured and neglected dogs in SE Dallas, TX. We are an all volunteer organization and we do have our 501c3 status. We appreciate you! Please be sure and send us a note so we know who to thank!

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Recovery Supplies Needed:

Personal Supplies

  • Basic toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, period products (diva cups, pads, tampons etc), hair care, soap, lotion, talcum powder
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
  • Baby formula and baby food (MREs do not meet nutritional needs of infants), breast pumps, bottles, bottled water, diapers (cloth or disposable), carriers, strollers, car seats
  • Children’s toys, games, puzzles, cards, books
  • Water
  • Nonperishable, high nutrient density food
  • New, seasonally appropriate clothes of all sizes (for humid, hot weather)
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, catheters, alcohol wipes, and “diapers” for adults/larger kids with disabilities


Cleanup Supplies

  • Storage – plastic tubs, contractor bags, boxes, buckets, tarps, duct tape
  • Work tools – especially for demolition: hammers, axes, shovels, crowbars, tarps, screwdrivers, drills, box cutters and extra blades, crowbars, tarps, screwdrivers, drills, wheelbarrows, wire cutters, ladders
  • Cleaning supplies – Heavy duty respirator mask n95 or better, rubber gloves and thick work gloves, bleach, mops, brooms, garbage bags (especially large contractor bags), sponges, towels, heavy duty paper towels
  • Mold remediation supplies – borax, tea tree oil or vinegar are herbal products that eliminate black mold, as well as commercial “mold control”/other concrobium/ specifically mold-remediation products which tend to go quickly in affected sites.


Health and Household Supplies

  • Dehumidifiers, fans, flashlights, lanterns – especially solar powered
  • Solar power chargers, long-lasting/heavy duty/water-resistant power sticks, batteries of all kinds
  • Health/wellness supplies – herbal medicines/tinctures, vitamins, mosquito repellent, bandages (especially the waterproof kinds, NexCare is a good brand), gauze, medical tape (plastic and paper), medical gloves, antiseptic cleaners, pain relief, sanitizer, tweezers, muscle pain relief balms/ointments, ice packs
  • Dog food and emergency pet supplies like leashes, flea medicine
  • Large coolers, large cooler bags
  • Relevant gift cards: Home Depot, Lowes, Target


Frontline Donation Drive Dropoff Locations


Donation Drop-Off – Monday 8/28 – Thursday 8/31 


  • Mid-City and Gentilly
    • 3449 Roger Williams Street, 70119 – private home
      • anytime
      • Knock on door, leave donations on porch if not home/no answer
  • Bywater and Marigny
    • 609 St. Ferdinand Street, 70117- Catapult art space
      • Wednesday 12-8pm and Thursday 12-4pm
      • Blue metal warehouse next door to hot pink mosaic building; doors will be open
    • 1305 Alvar Street, 70117– private home
      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 9pm
      • Knock on front door
  • Uptown
    • 5206 Magazine Street, 70115 – Rank and File Books
      • call/text 504-239-7140 for drop-off


  • Garden District and Mid-City
    • 5700 Florida Blvd, Suite 110 (Florida Blvd. side of Mid City tower) – Harvest Moon Listening Room
      • Contact: Jason Hall
    • 2228 Cherokee Street, 70806 – private home
      • Leave donations on screened porch
    • 7735 N Jefferson Place Cir Apt D, 70809 – private home
      • Text 225-588-1175 for dropoff
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief working on locating more drop off locations


  • Lafayette
    • Working on locating drop off location
  • Rayne, LA
    • Working on locating drop off location


  • Coden
    • Coastal Response Center ( at 7385 Hwy 188, Coden, Alabama has three trucks and three trailers that they will be filling to send to the Houston area, and they’re accepting goods for the delivery at these times this week:
      • 9am-12pm, 3pm-7pm & 7pm-10pm Tuesday
      • 9am-12pm & 3pm-7pm Wednesday
      • 9am-12pm Thursday
    • 7-10pm Tuesday will be their normal monthly fundraising concert ($6 at the door including refreshments & music) and any donors will receive a ticket for a door prize.
    • They are loading Thursday afternoon and evening and should be prepared to leave early Friday morning.

For up-to-minute information, frontline information, support links and community resources PLEASE visit and share Another Gulf is Possible

Written by Kelly Mears

Kelly is the Technical Director of Other98.