Southern California is bracing for Hurricane Hilary, which will be the first tropical storm to hit the region since 1939.
All people in LA should take care to be safe during the storm, but unhoused people are the most vulnerable LA residents during extreme weather. Several LA mutual aid groups have put out a public letter calling on the city and county officials in Los Angeles to respond more aggressively to the storm.
LA Public Press collected a list of community resources and mutual aid groups for people who need support during the storm, or want to help their neighbors.
West Valley Homes YES is distributing food, water, tarps, and ponchos ahead of the storm. To learn more or support, you can visit their Instagram.
J-town Action and Solidarity, a mutual aid group that regularly provides supplies to unhoused Little Tokyo residents, is preparing for the heavy rain and flooding expected from the remnants of Hurricane Hilary. People can donate here to fund tarps, ponchos, and other necessities to help unhoused people in Little Tokyo stay safe during the storm.
Ktown For All, an all volunteer organization that does outreach and advocacy for unhoused residents in Koreatown, will be purchasing and distributing tarps for unhoused people in Ktown. You can support their efforts and Venmo them at @ktownforall.
Palms Unhoused Mutual Aid, an abolitionist network that supports unhoused people, will be supporting unhoused communities in Palms, Culver City, and on the Westside. You can donate to them here and keep up with them on instagram here.
Free Food Collective is working with unhoused residents on the Westside in coastal areas. They will be providing food, tarps, pallets, water, and more. You can venmo them at @foodforcomrades, if you want to drop off supplies, direct message them here.
Water Drop LA, a mutual aid group that addresses water inaccessibility in Skid Row, will be hosting a distribution in Skid Row around 10am on Sunday, they will be passing out tarps, zip ties, and other materials. You can volunteer to help at the distribution here.
LA Street Care organizes with unhoused communities in Los Feliz, Echo Park, Atwater, Historic Filipinotown, Silverlake, and Rampart. They’re collecting donations for tents, tarps, socks, and other emergency supplies. You can support them here.
South Bay Mutual Aid and Care Club, a mutual aid group serving communities in the South Bay, will be getting tarps, zip ties, tents, and sandbag to unhoused people in the South Bay. You can support them on Venmo via @maggie-clarke.
Fairfax Mutual Aid, a volunteer-led network of care that provides community support for unhoused neighbors in the Fairfax, is providing survival necessities to help folks throughout and after the storm. You can support them here. To get in touch directly you can email them at [email protected] or DM them on Instagram or Twitter.
The Valley of Change, a San Fernando Valley organization which describes itself as working to liberate Black people from systems of oppression and brutality, is working to help people on the ground find shelter. You can support them here.
Are there other resources we should include? Reach out at [email protected].