Extremely good news! Tiny Home Village gets grounded in Austin.

This is the vision of village life that I have held ever since living in a yurt village in the Tetons for over a dozen years back in the late ’80s through 2002.

Yurt

Home sweet yurt!

In other words, let’s not just see this “Community First” village as a “first step out of homelessness,” but as a viable template for the 99% who find themselves in debt-and-wage-slavery in order to try, and fail, to “keep up the appearances” of “successful” i.e., excessive materialism.

Ye gods, let it go! That is a capitalist-run, advertising-fed “American Dream” mind-control program that absolutely deserves to die — especially given that it requires the final evisceration of the remaining blood (oil) and lymph (gas) within this beleaguered planet’s skin to go on a few years longer. Why? What’s the point? Do you really want your children and grandchildren to live in a world of Hunger Games?

Austin to Shelter Homeless in a Tiny House Village

November 19, 2013

By Kelly McCartney

shareable.net

In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move.Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast, and an Alamo Drafthouseoutdoor movie theater.

Supporter Alan Graham, of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, notes that the price of not housing these folks costs taxpayers about $10 million a year, not to mention the emotional and psychological tolls on the homeless themselves. Graham says that, for the most part, local residents seem to be in favor of the project, “We haven’t converted everybody, but when people come out here they go, ‘Oh!’ They see a chapel; they see medical and vocational services on site, and they learn that residents will not live there for free; they’ll pay a monthly rent.”

Graham has been working with the homeless in his community for more than 14 years and cites broken families as the leading cause of homelessness. With Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Graham has not only helped feed the homeless all these years, but he has helped transition them into homes and jobs, as well. And he has given them hope. Graham views Community First! as the next step in that mission and the next step toward solving homelessness in the U.S.

As the local NPR station (KUT) reports, Alamo Drafthouse’s founder Tim League is another outspoken cheerleader for Community First Village. In fact, he enthusiastically calls it “the very first ‘yes, in my backyard’ project!’”

 

 

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