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Community First! Village

Welcome to the most talked about neighborhood in Austin, Texas! Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless.

Phase I

Community First! Village is a place that enables our homeless brothers and sisters to heal. It’s a place where they can rediscover hope, renew their purpose and restore their dignity. Most importantly, it’s a place they can call home.

Phase I of the Village covers 27 acres and, once at full capacity, will be home to more than 200 formerly homeless men and women.

Features of Community First! Village Phase I: 

  • Organic gardens
  • Art studio
  • Blacksmith and woodworking shop
  • Outdoor movie theater
  • Medical facility
  • Laundry/restroom/shower facilities
  • Community kitchens
  • Memorial garden and prayer labyrinth
  • Capital Metro bus stop
  • Walking trails
  • Meeting spaces for worship, study and fellowship
  • Community Market
  • Community Inn bed & breakfast
  • Outdoor WiFi
Community First! Village: A New Movement

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 total acres.

Once complete, nearly 500 formerly homeless individuals will be living in Community First!—representing about 40 percent of Austin’s chronically homeless population.

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

  • 100 RV homes
  • 200 Micro-homes with some additional Missional homes
  • 7 Laundry/Restroom Facilities
  • 7 Outdoor Kitchens
  • Community Gardens
  • Community Clinic
  • Respite Care Center
  • Outdoor Event Center
  • Community Works Space
  • Guest Parking Lot
  • Donor Garden

Community First! In the News

Our Residents’ Journeys

Charlie

My life began again here, and I’m so grateful!

Emily

When you know someone’s name, that changes everything. They are no longer a stranger.  – Kent Redding

Kevin and John

It’s so nice to have a home.  This place is amazing! Who wouldn’t want to live here?

“The Lord God took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and take care of it.” – GENESIS 2:15