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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 (21-30):
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM
No it's not. Austin is awesome. So are parts of Fort Worth and Dallas. Small parts.

Quoting littlesippycup:

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

tanyainmizzou
by on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

The same thing I expect in every other city.

Austin isn't special because they do this.

Quoting NWP:

It's Austin what you Expect?

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

That is what should happen.

People are doing this.


krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM
1 mom liked this

I love this. Fantastic.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM
1 mom liked this

 I really hope this is successful

jllcali
by Jane on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM
Ugh rick perry. Urgh

Quoting littlesippycup:

Love, love, love Austin!! I'm pretty conservative but I'm also happy to see the back of Rick Perry as he leaves.

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!!




jllcali
by Jane on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Well it does snow in Texas from time to time so she's got a shot ;-)

Quoting ashellbell:

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!!




jcrew6
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM
Considering the perception quite a few have of Texas in this group.... Texas isn't bad at all... Every state has good and bad. I try not to think negatively of the states like Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, etc because of news trends in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia. Perhaps some should look differently at Texas...


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Thanks for your negative response to this positive post


Quoting tnmomofive:

Because TX is so awful.


 

ashellbell
by shellbark on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM
I think she'll do better than what most think, but it's pretty red there. My fingers are crossed for her.


Quoting jllcali:

Well it does snow in Texas from time to time so she's got a shot ;-)



Quoting ashellbell:

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!!





tanyainmizzou
by on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Not once the Greg Abbott machine goes in force.   You can't pick on the disabled guy that sued Sony for spyware.

Quoting jllcali:

Well it does snow in Texas from time to time so she's got a shot ;-)

Quoting ashellbell:

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!!





tanyainmizzou
by on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

She was targeted by the state Republican party before the filibuster.  Now they are more intent on removing her.

Quoting ashellbell:

I think she'll do better than what most think, but it's pretty red there. My fingers are crossed for her.


Quoting jllcali:

Well it does snow in Texas from time to time so she's got a shot ;-)



Quoting ashellbell:

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!!






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