In January, Deceleration published a three-part series on what it took to get housing for an unhoused neighbor who lost limbs during Winter Storm Uri.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of last year’s deadly freeze, we brought together some of the key folks involved in locating care for Albert to talk about lessons learned and organizing next steps for housing and climate justice.
- Maria Turvin, Yanawana Herbolarios, Founder and Operations Director
- Rachel Tucker, Office of Councilmember Teri Castillo (D5), Director of Constituent Services
- Marisol Cortez, Deceleration Co-Editor and ‘His Name is Albert’ Author
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A few takeaways from this conversation:
“One of the things that stood out for us is the lack of low-barrier shelters,” said Rachel Tucker, director of constituent services at the Office of Councilmember Teri Castillo (D5), “especially for somebody with such need [like] Albert. And I know he’s not the only one like that out there.”
“There has to start being a community village type of mentality even within organizations,” said Maria Turvin, found and operations director at Yanawana Herbolarios. “There has to be that willingness to not wait for an invitation to work cooperatively with people. We all see what the cracks are and what the issues are.”
“Officially, nobody houseless died in Winter Storm Uri in San Antonio,” said Marisol Cortez, series author and Deceleration co-editor, while recounting a story Albert shared of at least one death on the streets. “But we don’t even know. Because nobody is looking for that data.”
Conversation starts around the 14:00 mark, after news updates.