Austin, Texas has always been a city known for hip and innovative projects. Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social justice ministry, is working on developing the Community First! Village. This project is a 27 acre master-planned community for Austin’s chronically homeless and disabled. The village will provide affordable housing along with a supportive community feel.
Over the past 9 years, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has successfully lifted 99 disabled, chronically homeless neighbors into housing with 87 percent successfully lifted off the streets. Community First plans to eventually be able to house 250 residents.
The new community will feature homes, RVs, teepees and tiny cabins for rent as low as $90. This isn’t just a “housing project” its a “homing project”. The number one rule is paying your rent. Numerous employment opportunities both on-site and off will be available to residents so that they can have a way to pay rent and also earn extra money.
The community will include a chicken operation, bee hives producing fresh honey, a tool workshop, an art gallery, a medical facility, a memorial garden and an outdoor theatre for community gatherings. The idea behind having animals at this community is that caring for animals helps people learn to be givers. Everything was designed with a positive overall mood in mind. The chicken coop along with the tools at the development site are brightly painted and cheerful.
What about dog lovers? Dogs are welcome in the village as long as they aren’t too big.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes leans on financial support from outside contributors. They ask that others help to “pave the way home” for the homeless brothers and sisters in the community. If you would like to get involved or make a donation for the Community First, please click here.
“When you build beautiful environments, people want to live there and it’s sustainable,” said the Mobile Loaves & Fishes staff.