Tiny Houses Addressing Homelessness in East Austin

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Welcome to Community First! Village

Austin-based Mobile Loaves & Fishes was started about 20 years ago by Alan Graham and four friends from Austin’s St. John Neumann Catholic Church who set out to feed the homeless out of a pick-up truck. From this expe­ri­ence of helping the homeless on the streets, they dis­cov­ered a strong desire of the homeless for community. From there, the idea for Community First! Village was born.

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Today, the village is a 51-acre, master-planned community developed by Mobile Loaves & Fishes to help alleviate home­less­ness in Austin, Texas. The goals of this devel­op­ment are to provide permanent homes for indi­vid­u­als who do not have access to stable housing. Community First! Village has enlisted the help of many orga­ni­za­tions in providing afford­able and permanent housing within a sup­port­ive community for men and women strug­gling to be free from chronic home­less­ness. The focus is on deliv­er­ing afford­able housing for the homeless within the community.

At Bau­tex, we are always striv­ing to build healthier and more com­fort­able buildings for people to live and work. Sometimes, that means part­ner­ing with local char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions like Mobile Loaves, along with archi­tects, builders and other man­u­fac­tur­ers, to construct better homes for Texas residents. Today that means building afford­able housing for someone in need.

Asked by SmithKennedy Archi­tects to donate our inno­v­a­tive new block wall system, Bautex replied with a resound­ing, Yes!” Along with SRD Builder and other partners, Casa Poquito, a micro home in the Community First! Village, is becoming a reality. This past March, Bautex arrived at Community First! Village with a team to construct the walls of Casa Poquito. Some members of the team had no con­struc­tion expe­ri­ence and found out first hand how simple the process of building with Bautex really is.

The following companies have donated their time and materials to this project. With the support of this team and many others, Casa Poquito is becoming a reality.

SmithKennedy Archi­tects
BOKA Powell

General Con­trac­tor
SRD Builder

Con­struc­tion Materials & Services

Cattles Con­struc­tion (Foun­da­tion)
Bautex Systems, LLC (Insulated struc­tur­al walls)
Buddy L Con­struc­tion (Roofing)
Legacy Wood Working (Millwork)
Struc­ture­Craft (GlueLam)
Mirror Gallery, Inc. (Marvin Windows)

The Village is expanding and adding 110 RV sites as well as a 20,000 square foot health facility. When complete, the Village pop­u­la­tion will reach 480, which, according to the Ending Community Homeless Coalition, is almost 40% of the estimated chron­i­cal­ly homeless people living in Austin, making it con­sid­er­ably larger than any other tiny-home community for the homeless.

However, we’re not there yet; there is still much to be done. We need your support to help end home­less­ness in Austin by com­plet­ing the funding for this project, so we can get our future resident into their home as soon as possible. Support Casa Poquito today!