COVID-19 has hit all of us hard but with the support of the whole Crown Heights community, we can keep each other safe, fed, and housed.
Who are we?
Crown Heights Mutual Aid is a network of neighbors supporting one another through this pandemic and the crises we face from climate change, state violence, and inequality. We all have something to offer and we all have something we need.
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After 15 months of organizing home grocery deliveries and direct financial assistance for and alongside our Crown Heights community during an extraordinary crisis, Crown Heights Mutual Aid has made the decision to close our phone line to new requests for aid by the middle of June.
CHMA will continue organizing in our community, but we have collectively recognized the need to transition away from our current rapid-response model and to make space for more sustainable and collaborative approaches to community care.
This system was developed during a crisis in order to quickly get aid to as many people as possible. While the COVID-19 crisis is far from over, the accessibility of the vaccine and reopening of many businesses has changed the moment, and we are seeing our own financial and labor capacity decrease.
It now feels like the right time to prioritize both sustainability and building deeper relationships. We will only be accepting new calls for as long as it takes us to redistribute the majority of our funds through grocery deliveries and financial assistance (which we anticipate will be no later than June 15).
At every step, our work has prioritized being honest about our capacity, the changes to our processes, and what that means for CHMA’s contributions towards trust and solidarity within Crown Heights. We are grateful to everyone we have met through this work since March 2020, and we thank you all for your understanding.
This crisis has inspired an amazing response of generosity and solidarity from within and beyond our community, and we are so grateful to anyone who has donated their time, resources, and platform to supporting CHMA’s work.
Thanks to this help, we believe that our work will only grow deeper as we go forward. Our tenants’ rights work, political education study groups, emerging community safety efforts, racial justice, Bulk Buying Club, and other pod organizing projects are still going strong!
As we take the time to reflect and plan the next phase of CHMA’s work, we will continue to share updates about next steps.
Please see below for ways to contact us.
Have questions or requests?
Call us at : (917) 341-7675