AUSTIN (KXAN) -
At the corner of Braker and Burnet there are signs of homelessness in a vacant furniture warehouse, on abandoned couches, even on the bare ground not far from the busy intersection.
To combat homelessness in areas outside of downtown Austin, Mobile Loaves and Fishes has plans for a mobile home community where up to 200 people can live.
"Let's create an opportunity for people, allow them to get off the streets to heal from the ravages of living off the streets," said Alan Graham, President of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. "Let us as a community begin to help them rediscover their purpose in life," he added.
Finding a spot for the homeless RV park, has been a challenge though. Other proposed sites have faced fierce opposition from neighbors.
A recent North Austin Community Newsletter, reads "North Austin is NOT opposed to the idea -- we just want our questions answered."
"This is far from a done deal and just asking people to be patient as we continue this dialogue momentum," said Graham.
Sarah Bollfrass, who has a son at Bright Horizons Day Care, located next to the possible site is against the homeless RV park going there.
"I know that there's a lot of sympathy for the homeless people and their needs, and I want them to be taken care of, sure, but at the same time I'm concerned for the safety of my child," said Bollfrass.
Bollfrass worries what kids could see or encounter just yards away from the homeless RV Park.
"How can you monitor them enough? How can you monitor anyone enough," she asked.
Mechanic Chris Wiltens works at an import auto shop across the street from the proposed North Austin site. Other than possible foot traffic from the proposed location, he thinks a community living on the lot is more secure than an abandoned lot.
"Not opposed to it. I can't see a reason why it wouldn't work. I think it could be positive if it can be contained if you will or just more managed," said Wiltens.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes plans to meet with neighborhoods in the coming weeks to address their concerns.
Residents primary concerns are safety and lower property values.
The proposed site on the Southeast corner of Braker and Burnet is just one of several sites being looked at for the homeless RV park.
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