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Have you been to CommunityFirst! Village in east Austin just south of Lake Walter Long? It is the creation of Alan Graham who started Mobile Loaves & Fishes, an Austin social outreach ministry, in 1998. CFV is for those who are chronically homeless (defined as 1+ continuous year experiencing homelessness). My daughter and I took a tour there a few weeks ago and we were blown away at how well laid out it was and how well it is being run (you should check out their website). Each resident pays a monthly rent for their home and many receive income through their Works Program that pays for the varied jobs in the community. They are on Phase II of the original 51 acres, were recently given the 51 acres across Decker Lake Rd (Phase III) and will be starting Phase IV off of Burleson Road. When everything is completed, they expect to have 1,900 “neighbors” which is the term they use for residents of the community. Here is a video of their expansion: HUGE EXPANSION: CommunityFirst! Village for chronically homeless in Austin growing big. I encourage you to go to one of their tours which are from 10:30 am to noon on Wed and Fri. [CFV is also where the first occupied 3-D home in the nation was built!] They also take donations of time and money so you might want to consider that if you are so inclined. I bring all this up since homelessness is a red-hot topic in Austin lately given the proposition that was passed by voters on May 1st to reinstate our camping ban. Maybe CFV should have some of our Austin tax dollars to have more impact on the homeless here?