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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.

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

Amenities at Community First! Village include:

  • An innovative mix of affordable housing options
  • Memorial garden, columbarium and prayer labyrinth
  • Places for worship, study and fellowship
  • Medical facility for health screenings, and other support services including hospice and respite care
  • Walking trails
  • Community gardens
  • Outdoor movie theater
  • Community market
  • Bed & breakfast for overnight visits
  • Capital Metro bus stop
  • Outdoor WiFi

The 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.

Community First! Village: A New Movement

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