This is a list of local, state, and national resources related to the communities and issues I serve. These resources could supplement our work together, or meet other needs. I will also include resources that can offer financial assistance.
These are organizations I have vetted to the best of my knowledge. If you know of any harm caused by these organizations, please contact me. You can also contact me to add additional resources. Some resources may be excluded from this list if they are known to have caused harm to the community.
Austin, Texas Resources
- Austin Mutual Aid is a grassroots organization whose mission is to empower and sustain vibrant, joyful, resilient communities by prioritizing the power of long-term, two-way relationships of exchange via the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action.
- Austin Tenant’s Council ensures housing stability by rectifying Fair Housing Act violations and empowering tenants to exercise their rights through mediation, advocacy, and education.
- The Community Leaders of Color Mental Health Fund is an ongoing resource for Black, Indigenous and non-white leaders of color pursuing racial justice in creative, community, business and work settings. Through this program, you can apply for up to five pro-bono therapy sessions.
- Foundation Communities offers support around affordable housing, education, and financial stability (including tax preparation).
- SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.
Arts and Culture
- ALLGO celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond through cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming.
- Art Spark Texas creates an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities by addressing accessibility barriers related to arts and culture events.
- Austin Creative Reuse fosters conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. They collect, distribute, and sell reusable materials, as well as offering events, activities, and classes to build awareness around conscious consumption, sustainability, and art.
- Frida Friday ATX is a monthly intentionally intersectional BIPOC, Queer, Latinx, and local creatives centered mercado y más. Supporting and amplifying local creatives, offering entrepreneurial education programs, and creating truly diverse cultural spaces in Tejaslandia!
- Interfaces curates arts programs (educational and performance-based) that feature marginalized people, exploring the intersections of art, community-building, space-making, and social justice.
- Austin Queer/Trans Housing offers support for queer and trans members of the Austin community to find affordable housing solutions.
- Black Trans Leadership of Austin is a grassroots organization uplifting its community and helping them to thrive.
- Chronically Queer – Austin is focused around LGBTQIA+ identity and disability, making space for people to speak their truth and find others who share the same experience. Peer support groups and socials are available, as well as a Facebook group and Discord server.
- Embrace Austin is a coalition of LGBTQIA2+ individuals, organizations, and businesses in Austin, who aim to build bridges between queer people and queer initiatives, boost Austin’s queer economy, and set a new standard for cultural competency in LGBTQIA2+ Austin.
- OutYouth Queer and Trans Community Closet can offer Grocery Gift Cards, Cap Metro Bus Passes, Groceries, Hygiene Items, Art and Activity kits, and other select items. OutYouth also offers programming for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults.
- Queer Exchange: Austin is the Queer “Craigslist” of Austin TX.
National (U.S.) Resources
Neurodivergence and Disability
- ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line can offer support helping someone understand how the ADA might apply in their situation.
- Autistic Women & Non-binary Network provides community, support and resources for Autistic women, girls, transfeminine and transmasculine nonbinary and genderqueer people, trans people of all genders, Two Spirit people, and all others of marginalized genders.
- The Daniel Braun Memorrial Camp and Recreation Activities Scholarship Fund assists autistic adults who wish to participate in enriching and fulfilling recreational activities.
- Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project is a collective organization which seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming and improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services.
- Trans Job Connect U.S. is a program designed to connect transgender people with affirming employers with currently available job openings.
- Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people, and provides peer support for the community.
- Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people.
- Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.
- Crisis Text Line is for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, 24/7.
- Healthy Gamer creates accessible, inclusive and affordable mental health resources that empower the internet generation to find peace and purpose through content, community and coaching.
- Love is Respect offers confidential 24/7 support for teens, young adults, and their loved ones seeking help, resources, or information related to healthy relationships and dating abuse in the US. Available via phone, text, and web chat.
Social Justice and Community Organizing
- Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to combat and counter acts of violence, create space for Black imagination and innovation, and center Black joy.
- Buy Nothing Project supports local groups to form gift economies that help people reinvest and support their local community outside of traditional cash economies. You can give and receive items for free, and members are encouraged to share from their own abundance.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial and economic justice