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!