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Supporters Allowed to View Community First! Village
“After nearly 10 years of dreaming, we’re finally breaking ground on this innovative development that will bring much relief to our homeless brothers and sisters in Austin,” says Alan Graham, President and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
Community First! Village, a program of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, is a 27 acre community that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled chronically homeless in Central Texas.
“The Community First! Village will radically transform and renew our community as the men and women
living on the streets are lifted up into community and home,” Graham continued.
“I've spent more than a decade fighting to ensure individuals and families can remain in their homes despite
the increasing housing costs and property taxes. At a time when affordable housing options seem out of
reach, Community First! Village has created an innovative and sustainable solution for others to model,” said
Representative Eddie Rodriguez, sponsor of HB 294.
With $7 million secured for the infrastructure of the Village, August 27 will mark the launch of the final phase of the capital campaign. “Our homeless neighbors have been waiting a long time to come home. “It’s time to take this last leg of the journey and ‘Pave the Way Home’ for our homeless friends” says Graham.
The “Pave the Way Home” campaign will fund 225 housing units in the community: a range of canvas sided
cottages, microhouses and 5th wheel RVs.
Community First! Village is a masterplanned community designed to lift our disabled, chronically homeless
brothers and sisters off the streets and into community and home by providing permanent, affordable and
sustainable housing and caring support.
The Village will include:
● An innovative mix of affordable housing options
● Places for worship, study and fellowship
● Memorial garden and columbarium
● A community garden featuring fruit and nut bearing trees, fresh vegetable and herbs
● A chicken operation, beehives producing fresh honey and an aquaponics fish operation
● A workshop with tool bank and art gallery for microenterprise opportunities
● A medical facility for physical and mental health screenings and support services including hospice and respite care
● Walking trails
● An outdoor theater and Bed & Breakfast for mission visits
● Walking distance to public transportation