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An Inspired Community Village For The Chronically Homeless

A new 27-acre village in Austin, Texas will provide extremely low-income housing. The village will welcome home 200 previously homeless Austin residents.

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The cottages are small, but cozy. The people who move in will work — some will be provided mobile food carts and there will be a wood shop on site for builders.

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Residents will pay rent, albeit a small amount, and the community will be gated. Neighbors are supportive of the project, which is often an obstacle in building low-income housing.

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There are also "teepees" and mobile homes on the property.

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The project is paid for entirely by private charitable donations, and was cooked up by Mobile Loaves And Fishes' Alan Graham. It's nine years in the making.


The furniture inside the homes and teepees was all built by people who were formerly homeless.

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There will be an outdoor movie theater on site, to bring the community and other Austin residents together. The community also includes a 3-acre garden and a medical center.

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There's also a chapel for interfaith worship and solace.

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There's no place like home.