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Sneak Peek Inside Austin's New Homeless Village

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 05:09 PM CDT

The 27 acre field in East Austin will soon house many of Austin's chronically homeless.

The non-profit Mobile Loaves & Fishes raised about $7 million to fund the project called Community First! Village.

On Wednesday, August 27 the non-profit will break ground and start developing. The project will comprise a combination of RV homes, micro-homes, a community center, a garden, as well as many other amenities to become a self-sufficient community for the homeless.

KEYE TV got an exclusive sneak-peak inside the park, and Director of Development Donna Emery said it's not just a roof for the desperate homeless, but it's a chance for a better life.

"We will be gradually moving 240 people off the streets of Austin, Texas to live in our community," Emery said. "A tent in the woods is not going to solve what they desire most, which is to live in community."

Emery said the on-site medical center will even benefit taxpayers by cutting the City of Austin's medical costs up to $10 million.

"For a lot of our men and women the only resource they have is to go into an emergency room," Emery said.

The property is off of Hog Eye Road and Decker Lane, and it backs up to several neighborhoods.

The project has been a tough sell for neighborhoods nearby fighting against it.

Some people said they have safety concerns with hundreds of homeless people living in their backyard.

On the other hand, some neighbors said they applaud the city for working toward solutions to solve the homeless issue in Austin, but they would rather not live by the homeless village. 

The non-profit says they will conduct proper and thorough screenings with background checks.

Emery said this is about quality of life, and they are not building a homeless shelter, but instead they are building a success story.

By Cassie Gallo

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Sneak Peek Inside Austin's New Homeless Village


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