WHAT IS THE DISASTER JUSTICE NETWORK?

The Disaster Justice Network (DJN) is a volunteer network lending support to share critical information that is not easily accessed for the Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta recovery processes. The network includes community leaders, faith leaders, advocates, activists, practitioners, researchers, and students weaving together environmental justice and disaster expertise to develop strategies that address the inequitable access to disaster response and recovery efforts and to advocate for a justice-driven recovery process. Learn more about us here.

News & Updates

  • Resilient Disaster Rebuild Techniques
    Check out our Housing page for a plethora of resources for resilient rebuilding! We have reports on mold eradication, high wind protections, roof rebuilding, and wet floodproofing. Our volunteers have been referencing these […]
  • Supporting DJN Partner Felicia Collins
    It is with heavy hearts we share that one of our DJN colleagues, Felicia Collins, who has been on the front lines in serving the Lake Charles community and the surrounding region after […]
  • FEMA Funeral Assistance Program
    Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. […]

Support the Disaster Justice Network

Fund our work through any of these trusted organizations:

Lowlander Center

CIDA, Inc. (Community In-Power and Development Association)  

Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.  

LEAN (Louisiana Environmental Action Network)

Learn more about how you can support us by getting involved.

URGENT NEED:

Supporting the homeless population in
Lake Charles, LA and Port Arthur, TX.

Though hurricane season may be over, hundreds of people still need help to prevent them from becoming casualties of winter.  Many residents of Lake Charles, LA; Port Arthur, TX; and surrounding towns and rural areas lost their homes in the storms and have no alternative housing option. Emergency shelters closed at the end of hurricane season and are not scheduled to re-open until March 2021.

As temperatures drop, this situation becomes exponentially more dangerous. More than 1,000 people have no roofs (FEMA-provided tarps were destroyed in the second hurricane), no front doors, and no clean water. People are asking for wooden pallets to sleep on in order to avoid getting wet from sleeping on the ground at their homes. This is a housing and health emergency.

We have already procured and delivered 150 tents, and they have all been claimed. There is still a massive need for temporary shelter and warm clothing.

How can you help?

Donate to the Lowlander Center. Your donation will allow us to purchase tents, blankets, sleeping bags, and other cold weather clothing to distribute to homeless residents of Lake Charles, LA and Port Arthur, TX. A one-time donation of $29 will allow us to purchase one tent. Donate here: https://www.lowlandercenter.org/take-action.

Buy specific items from our Amazon Wishlist. Use your Amazon account to order a tent, sleeping bag, or cold weather clothing. These items will then be directly delivered to our partners on the ground. Find our wishlist here: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/29UA12JTHV8GB/ (Note: you will need to be signed in to your Amazon account in order to view the list)

Send your used tents, sleeping bags, socks, coats, hats, and gloves to any of the following addresses:

St. Andrew Presbyrtarian Church
4020 Hodges St
Lake Charles, LA 70605-2920
℅ Nanette Cagney

Greater St. Mary
1401 Moeling St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
℅ Pauline Hurst

Waters Edge Homeless Ministry
2760 Power Center Blvd
Lake Charles LA 70607
℅ Kelli Staweki

Learn more: GET INVOLVED

We’ve already distributed hundreds of tents, blankets, and winter clothing! Thank you for your support!

Donated tents and blankets.
Delivering tents and blankets.
Donated winter weather clothing.

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