A homeless RV park is in the works in Eastern Travis County. Problem is... it backs up next to a neighborhood and some residents plan to fight against it.
If approved by city and county officials, the 25 acre property off Hog Eye Road and Decker Lane will house a combination of RV homes and cottages and eventually a community center, chapel and food pantry.
It will be called Community First! Village. It's a project of the homeless charity group Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
According to plans submitted to the City of Austin, they are requesting 11 residential lots.
Alan Graham, president and CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes provided us with this brief statement:
"The community first village is currently in progress and will be designed to provide supportive, affordable and sustainable housing to the disabled, chronically homeless. We are very excited about our upcoming announcement to unveil the innovative project!"
A big reveal is expected in June.
Those who serve the homeless say permanent housing is desperately needed.
"Anytime there is a way to create more permanent supportive housing in the community we give a whoop and a holler around here. Seeing that there is a new door open some place," said Mitchell Gibbs, ARCH spokesperson.
Mitchell Gibbs is the spokesperson for the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
"We see up to 600 people a day we're sleeping 215 people a night," Gibbs said. "Seeing that number of people looking for a place to sleep tells me as a community we've got 10,000 people a year that we need to get housed"
Mobile Loaves and Fishes have helped the homeless get into permanent housing throughout the city, but have never been able to establish a community of homes. FOX 7 found several failed plans online.
The toughest sell may be the homeowners of the Woodland Hills neighborhood, which backs up to the property. Some residents have concerns about the development and plan to hold a meeting this Sunday to discuss their options.
Gibbs says he understands.
"If you've never been in the situation it's hard to imagine yourself there. You don't want to imagine yourself there. Finding that empathy, that place where you can reach out and good about helping somebody, that's a struggle," said Gibbs.
If this latest effort is approved, mobile loaves and fishes says a neighborhood watch will be established in partnership with Austin police. Surveillance cameras are already in place.
Residents will be required to submit fingerprints for an FBI background check.