RV park for homeless debate delayed

RV park for homeless debate delayed

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The city of Austin began delayed a meeting to hear comments from the public Tuesday on a proposed homeless RV park for the homeless.

The Zoning and Planning Commission will instead discuss the proposal on July 12th.  The council chamber was packed Tuesday night with people wanting to speak on behalf of and against the proposal.

The park would be built along the property line of an Eastern Travis County subdivision.  The proposed 27-acre property will join the backyard of many homeowners at the Woodland Hills neighborhood off Hogg Eye Road and Decker Lane.

The first of its kind, the RV park would be called Community First! Village and is a project of Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes CEO Alan Graham sent FOX 7 a statement in May saying the inhabitants will include the disabled and chronically homeless. Plans for the homeless RV park include lots for homes and cottages, a community center, chapel and food pantry.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes has helped the homeless get into permanent housing before but has never been able to establish a community.

Some homeowners living near the park have put their houses up for sale, saying they have invested their life savings to buy homes in this neighborhood and this R-V Park will be a "crushing blow."

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