Joined by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Mobile Loaves & Fishes founder and CEO Alan Graham on Wednesday announced a 10-year plan to mitigate homelessness in Austin, along with the nonprofit group’s $60 million capital campaign to fund expansion of its innovative Community First Village, which has successfully brought together a community of volunteers, entrepreneurs, designers, and city leaders to create a permanent housing model for the chronically homeless.
The announcement was made at the village’s dedication of Unity Hall, a central gathering place for neighbors, staff, volunteers, and other visitors. Money from the campaign will go toward the expansion of the 27-acre, master-planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for chronically homeless men and women.
Graham’s presentation highlights included plans for the following:
Launching a $60 million capital campaign that will allow MLF to expand the Community First! Village, resulting in more than 1,000 new micro-homes and RVs designed specifically for people emerging from chronic homelessness.
Implementing a plan that realistically extends the time and funding for transitioning individuals from chronic homelessness and enabling them to re-engage in the economy.
Establishing a downtown food commissary and providing vending gear with which homeless men and women who panhandle can earn money through activities such as selling ice cream or drinks.
The development features 120 micro-homes, 100 RVs and 20 canvas-sided cottages, as well as an art studio, an outdoor movie theater, blacksmith shop, gardens and a medical facility. Community First Village on Wednesday dedicated a 13,000 square-foot facility called Unity Hall that will provide office space, conference rooms and a commercial kitchen for the nonprofit’s food truck operation and catered events.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes already has purchased an adjacent 24 acres of land for the development’s second phase.
“It’s an RV park on steroids,” Graham said. “In just two years since we began moving residents in, Community First Village has made a measurable difference in addressing homelessness in our city, and we now plan to significantly increase our reach over the course of the next decade.”
Waterloo Insurance and one of our founding principals Bruce Agness are proud of all the work Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the Community First Village.