Tiny Houses Addressing Homelessness in East Austin
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.
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.
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!