The Response Podcast "Higher Ground"

When communities face the aftermath of catastrophes, what does it take to ensure that the next time will be different? And how can we make the necessary systemic changes so that everyone is able to make it to higher ground?

Well, in Houston, TX, it takes a city council member who bicycles in her neighborhood so she can hear directly from constituents about what they need most. It takes 12 moms organizing together to sue the landlords that have kept their families in moldy, substandard apartments. And it takes a city official blowing the whistle on corrupt and dangerous practices related to housing policy.

In this episode of The Response podcast, we travel to Houston to meet these changemakers in the final episode of our collaboration with BUT NEXT TIME, a limited-run podcast that spotlights powerful stories of community-led disaster prevention and recovery.

You can listen to “Higher Ground” on The Response right here (or where ever you get your podcasts).

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To learn more about the people and organizations featured in this episode, visit where you’ll also find resources for disaster preparation and recovery, housing justice organizing, climate justice work, and more. Listen to part four of But Next Time: Rising Waters.

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