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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

Goal
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

$641.75 USD of $5,000 USD / month raised (13%)

Starts at
$10 USD / month

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+ 116
Goal
Stay Warm Supporter

Lend a hand raising funds for Winter 2024-2025. The previous freezes were deadly and many, if not most, unhoused folks did not have access to shelt... Read more

$125.25 USD of $4,000 USD / month raised (3%)

Starts at
$15 USD / month

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+ 15
Goal
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

$1,072 USD of $3,500 USD / month raised (31%)

Starts at
$25 USD / month

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+ 44
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Events

Street Forum is hosting the following events.

Event
06:01 AM UTC
Support Harm Reduction at Republic Square by increasing funds specifically for distribution needs.

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

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+ 19
Past event
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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+ 4

Street Forum is all of us

Our contributors 579

Thank you for supporting Street Forum.

Aviv Rau

Admin

$1,968 USD

Hamza

Admin

$1,940 USD

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Amélia

Admin

$1,415 USD

Francis

Admin

$781 USD

Tuan Phan

Admin

$470 USD

✊link in bio... https://www.instagram.com/stree...

Kim V

Admin

Incognito

$17,628 USD

ACTBlue Chari...

$13,226 USD

Incognito

$4,272 USD

Incognito

BFF of Street Forum

$4,000 USD

Guest

$4,000 USD

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

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Today’s balance

$1,495.63 USD

Total raised

$155,158.80 USD

Total disbursed

$153,663.17 USD

Estimated annual budget

$61,760.81 USD

Expenses

All time

Expenses paid

450

Amount disbursed

$152,005.91

Tags# of ExpensesAmount (USD)
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363$118,454.92
no tag
87$33,550.99

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Contributions

All time

Contributions received

722

Amount collected

$145,906.61

Tiers# of ContributionsAmount (USD)
recurring
251$72,957.11
one-time
471$72,949.50

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News from Street Forum

Updates on our activities and progress.

Street Forum is Fiscally Sponsored Again!

Hi, Street Forum community! Thank you for your support and patience as we've worked to find new Fiscal Sponsorship. During our search, we made sure to seek out support from value-aligned and local organizations that might be able to provide...
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Published on May 9, 2024 by Hamza

Street Forum Transitioning to new Fiscal Sponsor

Hello Street Forum community! You were likely recently notified that your recurring donations have been paused. This is because Open Collective Foundation, our fiscal host and sponsor, is shutting down. This comes as an abrupt surprise to u...
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Published on March 19, 2024 by Francis

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 Hamza

About


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.