The Housing First Community Coalition has raised $2 million for its new 17-acre Towne Twin Village community in San Antonio.

By Meghan Overdeep
October 28, 2019
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A big announcement about tiny houses will change the lives of 200 of San Antonio's most vulnerable residents.

Last week, the Housing First Community Coalition, Inc. (HFCC) revealed that it has raised $2 million for a community that will provide housing and support services for seniors in the Texas city.

San Antonio's first single-site Housing First-Permanent Supportive Housing property, the new 17-acre Towne Twin Village, will provide homes for 200 homeless individuals who are 50 years or older. Transforming a vacant property into a beautiful community asset and creating new jobs along the way, Towne Twin Village will feature a combination of apartments and 350-400 square foot tiny houses, an RV park, community garden, picnic areas, art studio, pet park, pet rescue facility, chapel, and an outdoor amphitheater.

"Our vision is to develop a housing community where everyone is cherished," Mark Wittig, HFCC chairman, said in a news release. "The community will provide permanent housing and assistance to meet the needs of seniors experiencing long-term homelessness in San Antonio and develop a community that offers safety, stability, dignity, and purpose."

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In addition to housing, the community will also provide case management, job training, professional counseling, legal advocacy, and health care for its residents.

Applicants will be prioritized according to their vulnerability index (age, duration of homelessness, additional risk factors, disabilities, and high utilization of city services).

"HFCC aims to serve chronically homeless vulnerable people as they outnumber chronically homeless families by 36 to 1," Alice Salinas, senior program manager of San Antonio Local Initiative Support Corporation, said. "Our goal is to restore dignity and to build a therapeutic community that will promote the flourishing of natural support systems through socialization and development of friendship with volunteers, neighbors, and other residents."