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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 (31-40):
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

 Considering the disgusting things said about the cities you mentioned....I think it's a two way street

for some states it's more bad than good and mostly it's directed at leadership of that state...although in some places it's culture as well

either way, this has been an entirely positive post...minus 2

Quoting jcrew6:

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.


 

 

LuvmyAiden
by Silver Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Teaching people how to do the basics like manage a small space and feed themselves is HUGE step in the right direction. This is amazing!

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

See kids? You CAN be Christian, and put your faith in action, like Jesus said, and help the 'least' of the American populace.

Focusing on what Jesus stood FOR is

MUCH more productive than passing judgement on and focusing time/money/energy/focus on being AGAINST things like the gays/abortion/immigration/teaching science in science class, etc.

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Why do you interpret suggesting people should look differently at Texas as a negative response? I think you are looking for something out of nothing. Texas isn't bad at all and I hope people can move past their unfounded bias and appreciate ALL the state has to offer.
Perhaps you are looking for negativity?


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Considering the disgusting things said about the cities you mentioned....I think it's a two way street


for some states it's more bad than good and mostly it's directed at leadership of that state...although in some places it's culture as well


either way, this has been an entirely positive post...minus 2


Quoting jcrew6: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 4:33 PM
1 mom liked this
Like I said, I don't think she'll win. I think she'll do better than people expect. Even if she wasn't running, she'd still be on the things I like from Texas list. I think what she did was amazing and I respect her for it. I love to see strong females standing up against the majority even when they know it's a losing battle. I like it even better when they aren't guano insane.


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

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!!











sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

 Not turning this into crap like you people do with everything

Go run to your group and spend some more time talking about me there

 

Quoting jcrew6:

Why do you interpret suggesting people should look differently at Texas as a negative response? I think you are looking for something out of nothing. Texas isn't bad at all and I hope people can move past their unfounded bias and appreciate ALL the state has to offer.
Perhaps you are looking for negativity?

 

tanyainmizzou
by on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

That assumes she is the nominee.  Not all in the state Democrat party is happy with her and what they see as her wanting to use her filibuster to make herself a national speaker.

Quoting ashellbell:

Like I said, I don't think she'll win. I think she'll do better than people expect. Even if she wasn't running, she'd still be on the things I like from Texas list. I think what she did was amazing and I respect her for it. I love to see strong females standing up against the majority even when they know it's a losing battle. I like it even better when they aren't guano insane.


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

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!!












iamcafemom83
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Excellent. It sounds kike the oerfect solution. I hope that a lot of people get to improve their lives.
ashellbell
by shellbark on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM
If she doesn't make the cut, she doesn't make the cut. What she did was admirable and I appreciate it. Running, not running, it was her actions that put her on my list, not her intentions of running or not.


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

That assumes she is the nominee.  Not all in the state Democrat party is happy with her and what they see as her wanting to use her filibuster to make herself a national speaker.

Quoting ashellbell:

Like I said, I don't think she'll win. I think she'll do better than people expect. Even if she wasn't running, she'd still be on the things I like from Texas list. I think what she did was amazing and I respect her for it. I love to see strong females standing up against the majority even when they know it's a losing battle. I like it even better when they aren't guano insane.





Quoting tanyainmizzou:

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!!


















tanyainmizzou
by on Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I was discussing your belief she is going to do better than people think.


As someone involved in these politics for over 20 years, I was explaining how I am not sure, right now, that she is the nominee because some of the powers that be are not happy with her.

Quoting ashellbell:

If she doesn't make the cut, she doesn't make the cut. What she did was admirable and I appreciate it. Running, not running, it was her actions that put her on my list, not her intentions of running or not.


Quoting tanyainmizzou:

That assumes she is the nominee.  Not all in the state Democrat party is happy with her and what they see as her wanting to use her filibuster to make herself a national speaker.

Quoting ashellbell:

Like I said, I don't think she'll win. I think she'll do better than people expect. Even if she wasn't running, she'd still be on the things I like from Texas list. I think what she did was amazing and I respect her for it. I love to see strong females standing up against the majority even when they know it's a losing battle. I like it even better when they aren't guano insane.





Quoting tanyainmizzou:

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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