Community First

East Austin's groundbreaking village for the homeless opens new facility

East Austin's groundbreaking village for homeless opens new facility

Community First Village homeless development aerial East Austin
The Topfer Health Resource Center is now serving residents of the Community First Village. Photo courtesy of Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Austin's innovative micro-village for the homeless celebrates a new milestone this week: the public debut of an onsite medical center.

The Topfer Health Resource Center at Community First Village provides physical and mental health services to residents. Services range from basic exams, immunizations, and medication management to psychiatric treatment, peer support services, and crisis intervention.

The medical center became a reality thanks to a grant from the Topfer Family Foundation and a unique alliance with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Austin Travis County Integral Care, and CommUnityCare.

"Our partnership with Integral Care is yet another testament to the unprecedented level of collaboration across virtually every sector of the Austin economy that has helped make Community First Village a reality," said Alan Graham, creator of Community First Village and founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, in a statement. 

"We know that good physical and mental health is necessary for a person to live a more comfortable, healthy, and stable lifestyle," he added.

Community First is designed to provide affordable, sustainable housing and support for Central Texans who have been chronically homeless. Located on Hog Eye Road near Walter E. Long Park, the 27-acre development contains 140 tiny homes with rent starting around $225 per month.

In addition to the medical center, amenities include communal outdoor kitchens, laundry facilities, movie amphitheater from Alamo Drafthouse, community garden, woodworking shop, chapel, market, and RV spaces.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Topfer Health Resource Center took place Thursday, September 22, at 10 am.