Support Concordia Co-op's Disaster Relief and Ongoing Mutual Aid in Austin
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Concordia Co-op  is  urgently  seeking donations to continue our ongoing mutual aid work in the wake of the climate -fueled  disaster in Austin, Texas. Since the start of the pandemic, our house has been engaging in mutual aid efforts, including  bringing  food and supplies to nearby unhoused encampments, a s well as  other forms of support  for  our unhoused neighbors. 
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With the onset of the freeze, our efforts have kicked into overdrive. We've been scrambling, alongside other organizations and networks, to help get unhoused neighbors sheltered, fed, and supplied to survive the storm. While the severe cold will pass soon, we expect the recovery period from this storm to be long and intense. With continued power outages, compromised water supplies, potential medical expenses, and more on the horizon, we're seeking solidarity to help sustain our efforts now and into the future.  
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We recognize this disaster and others as ramifications of capitalism and climate disruption, consequences which are amplified to extreme levels for oppressed communities, and seek to incorporate this analysis into our work.
Funds will go toward both short-term and long-term needs as a part of our community's mutual aid initiatives.
 
Short term in response to the winter storm, power outages, and the compromised water supply:
  • Drinking water for those without access to water and/or power
  • Hotel rooms (as available) to shelter those from freezing temperatures as long as needs last
  • Heat sources (hand-warmers, firewood, propane), generators, and other supplies as requested for unhoused friends and those without power
Long term as we continue our work in the months and years to come, responding to the daily crises of houselessness as well as future climate-fueled catastrophes:
  • Ongoing costs of supplies and hot meals to nearby encampments and low-income folks
  • Living stipend for our housemate Britt. Britt is a Two Spirit Native Arapaho who was unhoused for years before joining our co-op, and for the last year has been a major force for mutual aid in Austin, working full-time to support, build connections with, and advocate for the unhoused community. (To learn more about Britt and her work, see our fundraiser for her from last year: http://fnd.us/e1gJ4d?ref=fb_68ynI5_sh_69ZQm3
  • A pickup truck for Britt (and others in our network) to use for mutual aid purposes - daily distribution of large amounts of food and supplies, rides for unhoused friends needing aid / services, and transportation of large items that cannot fit in regular cars. We would like to purchase a truck with four-wheel drive if possible, to navigate all conditions including future weather-related disasters like this one. Her last truck was stolen, and without her own vehicle her ability to do the amazing work that she does has been affected.
You can also Venmo taren-flores-1 or Paypal concordiaco-op@protonmail.com. Please let us know if you have any questions, or wish to support in ways other than financially!

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