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Austin to House Homeless in a Tiny House Village

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Austin to House Homeless in a Tiny House Village

 

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By Kelly McCartney

Tuesday

In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move. Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast, and an Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie theater.

Supporter Alan Graham, of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, notes that the price of not housing these folks costs taxpayers about $10 million a year, not to mention the emotional and psychological tolls on the homeless themselves. Graham says that, for the most part, local residents seem to be in favor of the project, “We haven’t converted everybody, but when people come out here they go, ‘Oh!’ They see a chapel; they see medical and vocational services on site, and they learn that residents will not live there for free; they’ll pay a monthly rent.”

Graham has been working with the homeless in his community for more than 14 years and cites broken families as the leading cause of homelessness. With Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Graham has not only helped feed the homeless all these years, but he has helped transition them into homes and jobs, as well. And he has given them hope. Graham views Community First! as the next step in that mission and the next step toward solving homelessness in the U.S.

As the local NPR station (KUT) reports, Alamo Drafthouse's founder Tim League is another outspoken cheerleader for Community First Village. In fact, he enthusiastically calls it “the very first ‘yes, in my backyard’ project!’”

by on Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Replies (11-20):
JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM
How cool!

I love tiny houses.
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 1:54 PM


Wow that's too bad, I don't hate TX. I have some great memories of San Antonio! Met some of this nicest people ever there. I will not say anything positive about the Texas highway system though, oy vey. It's too bad you're so negative about the state though. 

Quoting tnmomofive:

Because TX is so awful.



pamelax3
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM
1 mom liked this

One more reason I love my hometown and state..

vamaria
by Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Awesome! :)

IandLoveandYou
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM
That's awesome!
momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM
I'll be interested to see how this works out.
Koltie6
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM
1 mom liked this
Awesome! I love Austin!!
Koltie6
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Wendy Davis doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell.


Quoting ashellbell:

I've found myself giving a couple nods to texas lately. Wendy Davis, they beat OU but my OSU cowboys dominated them, Rick Perry is leaving office. And Austin is a liberal paradise hidden in a sea of red. I'll give credit where it's due.




Quoting littlesippycup:

 See girls, and everybody always bashes Texas. We're not all bad. That's great!!



ashellbell
by shellbark on Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM
I'm not saying she does but she's still awesome


Quoting Koltie6:

Wendy Davis doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell.




Quoting ashellbell:

I've found myself giving a couple nods to texas lately. Wendy Davis, they beat OU but my OSU cowboys dominated them, Rick Perry is leaving office. And Austin is a liberal paradise hidden in a sea of red. I'll give credit where it's due.






Quoting littlesippycup:

 See girls, and everybody always bashes Texas. We're not all bad. That's great!!




NWP
by guerrilla girl on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM
It's Austin what you Expect?

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

That is what should happen.

People are doing this.

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