CONCORD, N.H.—Fundraising efforts are underway for two resident-owned communities in Texas who are recovering from last week’s frigid cold and the power and water failures that plagued Texas as a result.
There are two resident-owned communities (ROCs) in Texas – Pasadena Trails located just outside of Houston, and Asociaciòn de Residentes de North Lamar (ARNL) in Austin.
A GoFundMe has been established to help offset damages. To date, the campaign has received over $4,300 from 34 donors. Funds will be distributed directly to the boards of directors at each ROC. From there, the ROCs can determine where best to apply the funds.
Notably, two ROCs in New Hampshire, Heron Point Estates Cooperative and Exeter-Hampton Cooperative, donated a collective $1,500 to their sister ROCs in Texas.
Initial reports from Pasadena Trails highlight over 50 households with burst pipes and 40 broken water meters. The community continues to assess the damage.
At ARNL, water was recently restored after nearly a week without running water due to city shutoffs. A few households are reporting burst pipes, and a more thorough assessment is underway. The community also reported several downed trees because of ice.
Both communities are struggling to find licensed plumbers to assess the damage and make repairs, as damages across the state are creating a massive demand on the industry. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is addressing the shortage by giving provisional permits to out-of-state plumbers.
Consider making a gift today to help these ROCs get back to business as usual.