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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.

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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.