The Downtown Austin Alliance announced last Thursday a $2 million grant to Mobile Loaves & Fishes for Community First! Village, the master-planned development in Northeast Austin that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for chronically homeless men and women. The grant is not only the largest in the history of the Downtown Alliance but also the largest ever for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, which operates Community First! Village. The $2 million will be used to support the development of the next phase of Community First! Village. The property currently covers 27 acres and features 120 micro-homes, 100RVs, and 20 canvas-sided cottages.
“Every day Mobile Loaves & Fishes is changing the lives of chronically homeless men and women in Austin by providing housing and restoring hope, and the Downtown Austin Alliance is honored to be a part of this innovative work," –Dewitt Peart, president & CEO of the Downtown Austin Alliance.
Since 2016, Community First! Village has grown to more than 100 residents, and will have more than 200 formerly homeless neighbors living on site when it reaches capacity in 2018. The village has a number of communal amenities, including an art studio, an outdoor movie theater, a medical facility, a community market, places for worship, a blacksmith shop, gardens and more.