The 130 tiny homes at Community First! are as stylistically diverse as they are purposeful. Photo Courtesy Mobile Loaves & Fishes. Community Inside the history, lessons, and triumphs of the revolutionary village, which provides housing and a supportive community for individuals coming out of chronic homelessness. In the fall of 2004, Alan Graham stepped out of his truck and onto a sprawling ranch outside of Fredericksburg, Texas. A former real estate developer with a foothold in Austin’s Christian community, the Houston area native had been searching for a way to expand his impact on homelessness in Central Texas—an issue he’d been passionate about since founding Mobile Loaves & Fishes in 1998 to feed people living on the streets. Upon spotting a trailer parked near a deer-hunting camp, Graham had a sudden epiphany. “It just struck me: I could live in something like this ,” he says. “After doing the math, my mind started running through all the ways we could set up an RV park for folks trying to escape homelessness.” Over the next four years, Graham became increasingly infatuated with the concept. At first, he purchased a handful of mobile homes, which he placed in trailer parks across Austin and awarded to at-risk individuals. But as his arsenal of RVs grew to more than 30, he began laying the groundwork for his ultimate vision: a self-sustained neighborhood where Austinites facing chronic homelessness could regain the sense of solidarity and belonging that, all too often, they’re stripped of. Graham’s […]