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Multiplying Goodness – Community First! Village Expansion

$150,000,000 Capital Campaign Goal

Now is the time to multiply the goodness of Community First! Village and build more homes for more neighbors. We know that homelessness can be mitigated by providing an affordable, permanent home in a supportive community for those who need it most.

Through our planning, we have determined that $150MM is needed to develop our next expansion of Community First! Village. This budget includes $50MM to construct all of the supporting infrastructure and $100MM to build approximately 1,400 additional homes and necessary service buildings.

In September 2021, Travis County earmarked $35 million of American Rescue Plan funds for the Burleson expansion of Community First! Village.
On Giving Tuesday 2021, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced a commitment of $36.6 million to Multiplying Goodness, the capital campaign for Community First! Village which will fund an additional 1,400 homes for Central Texans coming out of chronic homelessness. The Foundation is inviting the community to match the funds to help us reach our $150 million goal.

To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our Relationships & Giving Team at relationships@mlf.org.

Future Expansions

Community First! Village is expanding! The land for future phases has been acquired, growing the Village by an additional 127 acres, and providing for 1,400 more homes across two properties. We are currently in the site development phase for the expansion. When complete, Community First! Village will include a total of 178 acres and provide 1,900 permanent homes for our neighbors who are coming out of chronic homelessness, along with those who support and care for them.

Phase II

In the fall of 2018, Mobile Loaves & Fishes took a significant step in its ongoing effort to mitigate homelessness in Austin with the first expansion of Community First! Village. Phase II of the Village is directly adjacent to the Phase I development and adds an additional 24 acres – bringing the entire property to 51 acres and more than 500 homes.

Community First! Village, Phase II will utilize the existing infrastructure of Phase I and will add these structures and amenities:

  • 110 RV/Park Homes
  • 200 Micro-homes
  • 7 Laundry/Restroom/Shower Facilities
  • 7 Outdoor Kitchens
  • Community Gardens
  • Community Works Entrepreneur Hub
  • Donor Recognition Park
  • Guest Parking Lot
  • Living Room
  • 3D Printed Office Building

Phase I – Complete

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is leading an unprecedented collaborative effort to mitigate homelessness in the city of Austin. This transformative community exists to care for and serve our friends who are coming out of chronic homelessness and yearn for a permanent place to call home.

Phase I of the Village covers 27 acres and includes 230 homes.

Features of Community First! Village Phase I:

  • 100 RV/Park homes
  • 130 Micro-homes
  • 5 Laundry/Restroom/Shower Facilities
  • 5 Outdoor Kitchens
  • Capital Metro Bus Stop
  • Community Art House
  • Community Cinema
  • Community Concessions & Catering
  • Community First! Car Care
  • Community Forge
  • Community Inn
  • Community Market
  • Genesis Gardens Organic Farm
  • Goodness Press Screen Printing
  • Memorial Garden and Prayer Labyrinth
  • Topfer Family Health Resource Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Woodworking Shop

To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our Relationships & Giving Team at relationships@mlf.org.

Phase II Progress

We continue to add homes to the second phase of Community First! Village as well as new neighbors. With the support of our donors and builders, construction has continued, and as of Oct. 1 there are nearly 100 neighbors living on Phase II.

Four of the Outdoor Kitchens and Laundry/Restroom/Shower Facilities are complete with three more nearing completion. Phase II construction will continue through 2022.

We are slowly welcoming visitors back to the Village. If you are interested in volunteering, check out our new volunteer site. If you would like to come out for a tour, you can sign up here.

We are building hope every day!

To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our Relationships & Giving Team at relationships@mlf.org.

Your gift is helping to move someone home to Community First! Village.

If you would like to pay by cash or check, you can drop off or mail your donation to:
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
9301 Hog Eye Rd., #950
Austin, TX 78724
Please put Multiplying Goodness in the memo line.

If you would like to pay by stock, ACH, wire transfer or cryptocurrency, please email us at relationships@mlf.org.

If you would like to donate with a credit card, please give here.

To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our Relationships & Giving Team at relationships@mlf.org.

Ten Year Plan

You are invited to join the most dynamic community leaders, innovators and collaborators in Central Texas who have united in this new movement.