Group Wants RV Park For Austin's Homeless
A planned RV park will help the homeless members of the community of Austin, Texas.
"This community will be different. It will be like a KOA (Kampgrounds of America) but on steroids because we have so many different amenities," explained Alan Graham about his dream, reported TV station KTVC.
Grant is the founder of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit helping the homeless.
Three months ago Travis County Commissioners approved a site plan for the nonprofit to build the Community First Village on 27 acres near Hog Eye Road and Decker Lane. Now, the group is working raise the money for it. The total cost of the project is $6.5 million. More than half of that has already been raised through donations.
Graham said he's ready for this project to happen.
"It's emotional. They want to do this now. Most will point to the $90 guest cottage and say 'I can do this right now," Graham said
He's talking about the rent. Housing options range from small canvas cottages to campers costing from $90 to $375 a month. Residents must work and pay rent.
"We want to empower people into a purposeful cultivating lifestyle of work," Graham said.
"The people who live here will be able to achieve that dignity by earning income and working to pay for what they get," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
The Community First Villiage will have a garden, a worship center and medical facilities for mental and physical screenings.
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