Mobile Loaves and Fishes begins the expansion of the village; Another 1,400 homes for the homeless are to come

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Mobile Loaves and Fishes, an Austin nonprofit that serves the city’s homeless community, broke ground on its village expansion Wednesday.

The organization is widely known for its Community First! The Village, a 51-acre master-planned community in northeast Travis County designed for men and women transitioning out of chronic homelessness.

In 2021, the nonprofit announced a plan for what it calls its most significant expansion to date. This will come with a further 1,400 homes on the new site.

Alan Graham, founder and CEO of MLF, said the homes will be divided into neighborhoods, with 40 to 50 homes per community.

“[They’re] all in these little neighborhoods surrounded by community and amenities, like parks and little living spaces and gathering places … kind of building a community within a community,” Graham explained.

“Last year we promised the people of Austin that this expansion would happen, and today we are delivering on that promise.” Building a neighborhood of this scale that is uniquely focused on serving the city’s most vulnerable neighbors—men and women experiencing chronic homelessness—requires collaboration among all parts of the community. We are grateful for the level of support and cooperation we have experienced that has made it possible for us to continue to grow Community First! Village and service to our friends who need us the most.”

Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Community first! The village is currently home to more than 350 formerly homeless men and women who live in permanent homes in the 51-acre community.

The village expansion, which was first announced in April 2021, includes two new phases that will add a total of 127 acres to the existing property and space for 1,400 new homes. Once fully developed, the total size of Community First! The village will consist of 1,900 houses spread over 178 acres.

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