Last year for my Residential Design class I decided to create a Tiny Home Community for the homeless in the DMV area. This year I was presented the opportunity to visit a new and upcoming Tiny Home Community for the homeless in downtown Austin. I was extremely thrilled to see some of my design ideas come to life. I'm passionate about helping those who can't help themselves and to be part of something so innovative is a wonderful feeling. ☀️ #MicroHomes #AustinTX #HelpTheHomeless #CommunityFirstVillage @mobileloaves
Pretty much from the time its photos started popping up online and in the press, we've been watching the development of Community First! Village. It was a story that unfolded particularly well in the compelling imagery that came out of it.
The ambitious project of charity group Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Community First! was conceived of 12 years ago as an innovative village of mobile homes, tiny houses, gardens, and community space for people who are homeless or close to it. A master-planned community of 27 acres, it also features an outdoor movie theater where its residents can work, along with other spaces, job training, and employment opportunities.
On Saturday, according to KVUE-TV's website and other media sources, the village of micro-homes has finally opened, to much celebration. Here are some photos from Instagram that tell some of the story.
A huge thank you to Don Crowell Builders for donating their volunteer time and energy to construct this unit of our #tinyvictories Micro Pod at #communityfirstvillage. And a HUGE congratulations to #mobileloavesandfishes and all the volunteers for a beautiful and successful city-wide showcase this weekend. #bvarchitecture #servinggoodness
1/6 | Genesis Gardens is a community of growers, harvesters, and nourishers at @mobileloaves’ #CommunityFirstVillage using the earth’s harvest as a conduit to build relationships among people who have experienced homelessness in the Austin area. As it turns out, food is one of the most influential ways we intersect with other people - Grandma’s signature cookies, mom’s chicken noodle soup, dad's garlic mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. Food creates some of the most powerful memories we have. The connection is guttural - literally.