Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a faith-based non-profit organization in the city of Austin focusing on ending homelessness, has officially broken ground on the second small-home village, which will be designed to serve residents of Austin who are currently homeless. The little village is called the Community First! Village.The first phase of the 51-acre master planned community project initially broke ground back in 2014 and it brought entrepreneurs, volunteers, staff, city leaders, and designers together in order to help with establishing a more permanent housing model in order to help eliminate homelessness.
Nowadays, the property is a 24-acre community that contains the following:
*20 canvas-sided cottages
*Food preparation/dining areas
*Outdoor movie theater
*Direct bus line
Those looking to either join the housing community or utilize their services will not have to meet any form of religious-based requirements.
The recent second groundbreaking ceremony also marked the launch of the “Building Hope” capital campaign, which is designed to provide opportunities to provide micro-homes and other types of sponsorship for the next expansion of the project, which is expected to be completed sometime within the next three to four years.
*Image courtesy of Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Homelessness is a known humanitarian issue in Austin, and according to the numbers, there’s some good news and some bad news regarding the battle to decrease the number of homeless individuals in the Texas capitol city.
The good news is that, according to KVUE ABC, there was an overall 25% reduction in youth homelessness, and a decrease in homeless veterans in Austin between 2018 and 2019.
The city of Austin began a program in 2017 with LifeWorks to help lower the number of homeless youth on the streets, and that program appears to be working.