For those looking to help with emergency relief efforts throughout Texas, here are some organizations that are helping with the relief efforts or are in need of help. 

Austin

Austin Jewish FoundationThe Austin Jewish Foundation is establishing an emergency financial assistance fund.  Contributions can be made at shalomaustin.org. 

Austin Mutual Aid: The mutual aid group is collecting monetary donations to help book hotel rooms for the city’s unhoused population.  

Good Work Austin’s Community KitchenThe small business advocacy group — including several local restaurants is accepting monetary donations for its meal program feeding those in need. They’ve fed and are feeding places and people including the warming center Palmer Event Center, St. David’s Hospital employees, several food pantries and hotel lodgings for people in need.  

Austin Disaster Relief Network: The nonprofit is accepting monetary donations to help buy gift cards, pay for emergency housing and transportation, and supplies for people impacted by weather-related incidents. 

Austin Area Urban LeagueThe local affiliate of the civil rights organization is accepting monetary donationsto help provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, and other supplies for the unhoused population. 

Ending Community Homelessness Coalition: The nonprofit offers several options to help other organizations during the winter storm, including organizations collecting coats and blankets and Amazon wish lists for creating care/hygiene/snack kits. 

Community Resilience Trust: The organization has an emergency relief fundto help aid the efforts of several like-groups aimed at helping the unhoused population during the storm. The funds will help pay for food, hotel vouchers, and supplies. 

The Austin EMS Relief Fund:The Austin EMS Association is collecting monetary donations for its fund to help feed first responders/medics during the storm. 

Austin Pets AliveThe nonprofit’s shelter lost power and is running on generators. On top of that, the building also lost water. It’s accepting monetary donationsto help keep the animals warm and safe. It’s also collecting bottled water for the staff, as well as cat food for people in the community, and unleaded gas for the generators via email at cold@austinpetsalive.org 

Dallas

Dallas Jewish Community Foundation: The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation is establishing a new fund called the Natural Disaster Emergency Response Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.  Contributions can be made at djcf.org. 

Chaverim of DallasChaverim of Dallas has been working tirelessly to help with cleanup and is working together with organizations in the Northeast to bring plumbers to help the Jewish community with repairs. The costs are significant (about $10,000 a day for 10 trucks), but the rewards for saving the finances and property of a fellow Jew are as well. If you can contribute to Chaverim of Dallas, please do so through one of the local rabbis’ discretionary funds. 

Austin Street Center: For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Clients are in need of warm clothing. Austin Street Center is requesting donations of sweatpants, hoodies and long sleeve shirts for men and women, sizes L-4X, thick gloves, boots (all sizes), and coats (sizes 3XL and up). Donations can be dropped off Sun-Sat, 9-5 pm at 2929 Hickory Street. Monetary donations may be made  here. 

The Bridge:The Bridge is a homeless recovery center for individuals without a home in Dallas County. Their doors are open 24 hours day, seven days a week, and it’s the only shelter in Dallas providing day shelter services to all adults experiencing homelessness. The Bridge has a list of winter weather needs for their clients updated on their Amazon wish list that you can purchase and have shipped straight to the Center. 

Buckner Children and Family Center at Bachman Lake: Warming station is now open at 3100 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX 75220. Monetary donations to purchase food, blankets, water and supplies can be made here. 

Jubilee Park and Community Centeris seeking blankets, non-perishable items and monetary donations to purchase food, blanket, water and supplies for neighbors. Donations may be made here. 

Our Calling:Our Calling is a faith-based organization that leads the homeless to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle by building lasting relationships and making disciples on the streets. The organization has had a pipe burst in their building, causing flooding and damage. Monetary donations may be made here.  Please note they do not need any more blankets/clothes/pillows/etc. 

Family Gateway: Family Gateway provides stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. 

The Family Place:pipe at their emergency shelter burst and they have had to move 52 women and 71 children from the shelter to a new, offsite location. To support these housing efforts and repairs, donatehere. 

Genesis Women’s Shelter: The Genesis Women’s Shelter had to be completely shut down due to an extended total power outage. Additionally, the pipes burst in the transitional housing unit, Annie’s House, flooding apartments, offices and the on-site school. Because of this, all residents on the safe campus have been temporarily relocated to alternative safe locations. They are in need of blankets, warm clothing items, flashlights, batteries and meals. They’re also hoping to raise enough funds to purchase two commercial automatic generators to prevent this from happening again in the future. Donate  here. 

Promise House Dallas:Promise House is leading the charge to end youth homelessness in North Texas, moving youth in crisis toward safety and success. 

United to Learnis collecting donations to help purchase food, blankets, coats, etc. for Dallas ISD students and families impacted by the recent snowstorm. You can support their efforts by donating here. 

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance: The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) leads the development of an effective homeless response system that will make the experience of homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties rare, brief, and non-recurring. MDHA brings together more than 85 shelter, housing and supportive services programs in retooling homeless services into a crisis response system. 

Houston

Jewish Family Service Houston: Helping with housing assistance, food security, after-storm cleanup and disaster recovery. Donate here. 

Coalition for the Homeless: Make a donation to Houston’sCoalition for the Homeless, which has been doing street outreach to get people into warming shelters. 

Crowdsource Rescue: Crowdsource Resource is a 100 percent 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: Houseless Organizing Coalition 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 RecoveryWest Street Recovery is a horizontally organized, grassroots non-profit organization which aims to use efforts toward disaster recovery to build community power.

Houston Food BankHouston Food Bank 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.