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Residents playing bingo at Community First! Village, which aspires to be a model of permanent affordable housing for people who are chronically homeless.

Has a big village of tiny homes eased homelessness in Austin?

One of the nation’s largest experiments to address chronic homelessness is taking shape outside the city limits.

by Lucy Tompkins, The Texas Tribune and The New York Times

Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 10, 2023: Justin Tyler Jr. outside his house.

The community versus Community First

Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: Ellis Johnston cuts eggplants off the vine in one of the community gardens.
Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: Alan Graham, the founder of Community First Village, in front of his house.
Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: Some houses at Community First Village.

What it takes to make a village

Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 10, 2023: Resident Ute Dittemar works on figurines in the Art House. Dittemar sells the figurines at the holiday market.
Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: A screen for projecting movies outdoors.
Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: Blair Racine is nicknamed The Mayor.
Austin, TX -- Friday, Nov. 10, 2023: The memorial garden at Community First Village.

The challenges of life at Community First

Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 6, 2023: A bench looks out onto the horizon in one of the community gardens.
Austin, TX -- Monday, Nov. 10, 2023: A communal kitchen at Community First Village.

From an experiment to a model

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