AUSTIN (KXAN) - The vision behind Sunshine RV Park is to transform a plot of land just east of Austin into a place where the chronically homeless can start the process of laying down roots.
Travis County Commissioners approved a plan Tuesday for the park to be built on 27 acres of land off of Hog Eye Road and Decker Lane in East Travis County.
The measure passed unanimously and drew cheers from the crowd.
"Put them in homes, employ them, give them a chance in life," said Daniel Sauceda with Mobile Loaves and Fishes. "Give them some dignity give them some pride."
It's not just about a home, it's about building a community. A community that supports residents getting back on their feet.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes says it has proof the concept can work.
The non-profit says they already have proven success rate of 85 percent, with people who were formerly homeless now living in several RVs in an already established park in the city's southeast side.
But people who live near the Sunshine site are still worried.
"What happens if anybody comes in and makes a homeless encampment in our neighborhood," said Sona Holman. "What happens if somebody is off their meds, comes into our neighborhood and is possibly threatening, or has themselves a threatening issue."
Others say everyone deserves a second chance.
"I want people to know that not all homeless people are on drugs or alcohol or have problems," said supporter Gus Pena. "They're some good people that just fell through the cracks we need to have housing."
That housing could come in about a year now that the park project has been approved.
The RV park is located in eastern Travis County, but the land is just east of the Austin city limits. It's an area that could be annexed by the city in the future.
In Depth: Homeless housing
The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition gives weekly reports on the homeless population in Austin.
Their report for the last full week of July shows that shelters in the city held nearly 2,600 people that week, including almost 400 children.
- Men: 1,449
- Women: 731
- Children: 396
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Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
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After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
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