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Street Forum

Mutual aid centering unhoused Austinites since 2019. Check us out on instagram @streetforumatx for updates on our current projects.


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Financial Contributions

Friend of Street Forum

Support our main distribution at Republic Square providing weekly free breakfast and community forum including hot tacos and coffee, hygiene suppli... Read more

$1,139.25 USD of $5,000 USD / month raised (23%)

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$10 USD / month

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Stay Warm Supporter

Lend a hand raising funds for Winter 2023-2024. The spring freezes of 2021 and 2023 were deadly and many, if not most, unhoused folks did not have ... Read more

$197.25 USD of $4,000 USD / month raised (5%)

Starts at
$15 USD / month

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+ 8
BFF of Street Forum

Help us stop worrying about fundraising each week so we can focus on our projects like providing weekly free breakfast and community forum includin... Read more

$1,021.80 USD of $3,500 USD / month raised (29%)

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$25 USD / month

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+ 31
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Street Forum is hosting the following events.

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Your donation will provide shelter and privacy for someone experiencing homelessness.

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+ 19
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Donation to buy hats, gloves, coats, sleeping bags and other winter stuff

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+ 19
Past event
12:00 AM UTC
Many unhoused folx in ATX are suffering in the 110 degree heat with no access to cooling centers....Read more

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+ 7
Past event
01:35 AM UTC
Help us keep unhoused Austinites warm this fall & winter!

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+ 70
Past event
12:00 AM UTC
10,000 Fearless First Responders requested that a mobile shower structure be built for hurricane ...Read more

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Street Forum is all of us

Our contributors 531

Thank you for supporting Street Forum.

Aviv Rau


$1,938 USD



$1,410 USD



$764 USD




$451 USD

Tuan Phan


$420 USD

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Kim V



$17,628 USD

ACTBlue Chari...

$13,226 USD


$4,272 USD


BFF of Street Forum

$4,000 USD


$4,000 USD


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Today’s balance

$5,996.22 USD

Total raised

$143,719.29 USD

Total disbursed

$137,723.07 USD

Estimated annual budget

$62,378.71 USD


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News from Street Forum

Updates on our activities and progress.

Street Forum Wrapped - 2023 Update

This year, with all of the support from our donors on Open Collective, we have been able to expand our services and better support our community as a mutual aid organization. Some of those expansions include our distribution of tents and sl...
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Published on December 2, 2023 by Rafi

It's Getting Scary Cold! Let's Keep Austin Warm

We've made it through the summer here in Austin. Our unhoused neighbors have faced even more violence and harassment from the police as the enforcement of the camping ban is ramped up, and the need for a more permanent housing solution for...
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Published on October 30, 2021 by Kim V

Incoming: Cold Weather Accessories!

Hey y’all! Thanks so much to folks who have donated to our Stay Warm Drive - our first shipment arrived this week! so far, we’ve got 48 of these excellent beanies, gloves, warm socks, and Mylar blankets. Add in a few boxes of hot hands from...
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Published on November 21, 2020 by Kim V


Street Forum was formed in Spring of 2019 as part of a local grassroots movement to decriminalize homelessness in Austin, TX. Our original mission was to gather feedback and rally support for the repeal of no sit/no lie, no camping, and anti panhandling local ordinances which punish people in need and have no benefit other than to placate those who want to see homelessness hidden away, far from needed resources. We began by providing hot breakfast and know your rights literature and we've evolved into providing many more services. We have set up our pop up cafe in Republic Square Park every Sunday for 3 years (we missed one week when quarantine first began). The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to dramatically adapt our format and routines to ensure we can safely continue providing essential services. Culturally, Street Forum aims to be distinct from institutional care orgs serving our local unhoused community. We operate on a solidarity driven model and train our housed volunteers in navigating privilege gaps. We believe that housing is a human right and that being housed has nothing to do with being deserving but everything to do with being lucky. We understand wealth redistribution as the enactment of justice and reject the othering of recipients that often comes with "charity" driven work. We have no connection to the carceral system and no confidence in policing as a concept. We recognize that colonialism, a complex made of white supremacy and capitalism, is the root cause of homelessness. The safety and comfort of people sharing spaces where we serve is at the core of our mission. We provide volunteer trainings in mental health first aid, crisis deescalation, Covid safety, and filming the police. We encourage volunteers to slow down and focus on the human connections that happen during our events. We welcome all the anger and despair that comes with homelessness and make space for them to be expressed safely. We serve food and supplies because people need them and it brings people in. We sit down and listen because people need that too.