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What makes Community First! Village unique?

It’s all about relationships. Mobile Loaves & Fishes desires to empower the community around us into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. We achieve this vision through Community First! Village by taking a relational approach for connecting with our homeless brothers and sisters, instead of a transactional approach. When we bring an individual into [...]

How large is Community First! Village and how many neighbors live there?

Community First! Village is currently a 51-acre master planned community, designed specifically for men and women who are coming out of chronic homelessness. As of March 2022, more than 290 formerly homeless individuals are living in the Village. Once complete and at full capacity, Phases 1 & 2 of Community First! Village will be home [...]

How many homes do you have at Community First! Village?

Phase 1 of Community First! Village offers an innovative mix of housing options, including micro-homes, canvas-sided cottages, RVs and park model RVs. Phase I of the development includes 120 micro-homes, 100 RVs and 20 canvas-sided cottages. Phase 2 of the Village offers 110 RVs and park model RVs and 200 micro-homes, and also several 3D-printed [...]

Who is eligible to live in Community First! Village?

To be eligible to live in Community First! Village, an individual must be chronically homeless as defined in the City of Austin’s Action Plan to End Homelessness: The definition of chronic homelessness: Living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or an emergency shelter for at least one year (or four [...]

Are people with criminal records allowed to live in Community First! Village?

Each potential resident at Community First! Village is required to complete the Coordinated Assessment intake, be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check processed by the FBI. Then, on a case-by-case basis, qualified personnel will review the applicant for their compatibility with Community First! Village and the community at large. Registered sex offenders are [...]

Are you concerned about crime in Community First! Village?

One of our goals at Mobile Loaves & Fishes is to transform the way people view the stereotype of individuals who find themselves homeless. After more than two decades of serving and working within the homeless population, we believe the stereotype of chronically homeless individuals as it relates to crime is actually wrong. Chronically homeless [...]

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