HomeAid Austin Partners With Local Homebuilders To Construct 8 Tiny Homes For Chronically Homeless

AUSTIN – JUNE 18, 2020 – HomeAid Austin, in partnership with seven local homebuilders, is constructing eight tiny homes for Phase II of Community First! Village, a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Community First! Village is a development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social outreach ministry that has been serving the homeless in Central Texas for more than two decades.

HomeAid Austin’s Tiny Home | Dogtrot design by Scott Felder

“These eight tiny homes in Phase II of Community First! Village represents eight individuals who will be lifted out of homelessness, able to earn a dignified living in the Village and rent a permanent, safe home of their own,” said Melissa Nicewarner Daly, Executive Director of HomeAid Austin.

Builders participating in HomeAid projects collaborate with their trade partners to procure discounts and donations to help fund construction, therefore minimizing costs for Homeless Care Providers—money they can reinvest in their missions.

“The invaluable contribution HomeAid makes to projects is through the coming together of homebuilding professionals to lift others up who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness by doing what they do best— building homes,” Nicewarner Daly said.

Builder Captains for the Community First! Village group project include CCG Development, Cumby Development, David Weekley Homes, Lennar, Scott Felder Homes, Taylor Morrison and Trendmaker Homes.

As of March 2020, 180 formerly homeless men and women are currently living in Phase I of Community First! Village.

“It truly takes community to build a community as innovative and relationally-focused as Community First! Village,” said Alan Graham, Founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. “We are grateful for HomeAid Austin and the many home builders who are collaborating with them to help bring the next phase of our development to life. This kind of collaboration truly represents the goodness that is pervasive in Austin, Texas as we seek to help our fellow neighbors who have been struggling to survive on the streets for so long.”

About HomeAid Austin
HomeAid Austin’s mission is to build new lives for Austin’s homeless through housing and community outreach and the local chapter of HomeAid America, a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals that has sheltered more 300,000 people in its 30-year history.

Working in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, HomeAid’s mission is accomplished through the donation of construction services and materials from members of the homebuilding industry. HomeAid Austin partners with existing homeless care providers and expands their capacity to serve the homeless by assisting them with their renovations and ground-up construction projects.

HomeAid Austin currently serves six counties in the Greater Austin Area including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson counties. For more information about HomeAid Austin, visit www.homeaidaustin.org.

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