This past month has been an exciting one for us at Mobile Loaves & Fishes, as Phase II of Community First! Village has officially opened and become home to a growing list of neighbors! Over the past several months, we have continued to share Phase II construction updates with you, while looking forward to the day our neighbors who had been anxiously waiting could begin settling in on Phase II. We are so grateful for all the Goodness going on as we continue to lift more of our homeless friends off the streets and into this new space.
The first men and women to move into their new homes were our seed neighbors. These individuals had already been living on Phase I of the Village, and will now be offering a welcoming hand and guidance for all of the homeless men and women moving from the streets into their new homes in Phase II of Community First! Village. Many of our neighbors enjoy meeting new people and showing their friends and family around the Village. As a seed neighbor, these individuals will get to know some of the new faces of Community First! and help them adjust to life in the Village. Of our group of seed neighbors, a few have moved into some of the first-ever 3D-printed homes. Last year, we unveiled our Welcome Center on Phase II which was built by our friends at ICON. In addition to the Welcome Center, ICON also printed six homes for our neighbors, and they are the first people in the United States to ever live in 3D-printed homes!
“Vulnerable populations like the homeless are never among the first to access leading-edge anything, but now here in Austin, Texas they’re among the first in line who will be living in some of the most unique homes ever built—and we think that’s a beautiful thing,” said MLF founder and CEO Alan Graham.
Phase II also has a mix of tiny houses, and park model RVs that will make up a total of 300 new homes. Our seed neighbors occupy a few of these, and we’re happy to tell you that some of our first move-ins include homeless friends who were recently lifted off the streets.
We’re thankful to continue welcoming our homeless friends into a place of permanence and belonging in our newest section of the Village, and we couldn’t have done this without your Goodness! Thank you for working alongside us, even from a distance, as we continue Serving Goodness to those who need it most.