Mobile Loaves & Fishes to expand homeless housing, reduce panhandling


Mobile Loaves & Fishes, which provides the largest prepared feeding program to the city’s homeless people, on Wednesday announced a 10-year plan to mitigate homelessness in Austin. The plan includes creating more affordable and permanent housing for the chronically homeless and reducing panhandling in the city.

As part of the plan, the organization is launching a $60 million capital campaign to fund the expansion of the organization’s Community First Village, a 27-acre master planned development for chronically homeless men and women. By 2018, the first phase of the village will reach its capacity and house more than 200 formerly homeless Austinites.

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An expansion of the East Austin village, which includes 120 micro-homes, 100 RVs and 20 canvas-sided cottages, would allow the organization to create additional housing.

“In just two years since we began moving residents in, Community First Village has made a measurable difference in addressing homelessness in our city, and we now plan to significantly increase our reach over the course of the next decade,” said Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes also has plans to establish a downtown food commissary, which would give homeless men and women who panhandle an opportunity to launch their own business selling items such as ice cream or soft drinks. Part of the plan also focuses on re-engaging individuals who make no income back into the economy.

“Mobile Loaves & Fishes is setting a new standard for addressing homelessness in an impactful way —not only in Central Texas, but in communities across the country,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.



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