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Community First, A Home for the Homeless
Touring with the film: Layton Blaylock, Director
Community First, A Home for the Homeless is a documentary about Community First! Village, a unique residential development that is transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community. As explained by founder Alan Graham, “It is specifically designed to lift the chronically homeless off the streets of the Austin area offering them a place to call home, helping them to heal from the ravages of life on the streets allowing them to rediscover a purpose in their lives.” Community First! Village is not a homeless shelter. Everybody pays rent; there are no exceptions. Residents are given the opportunity to earn a dignified income working at the Village in a variety of areas such as the Genesis Gardens, the Community Cinema (a beautiful amphitheater built by Alamo Drafthouse), the Community Inn, or in the maintenance department. With open access to an “art house” and blacksmith shop, residents have the opportunity to produce handmade goods that are sold in the Community Market. Community First, A Home for the Homeless explores the heartbreaking events that cause homelessness, and the heartwarming stories of being welcomed into a nurturing environment where dignity and self-worth are restored.

Community First, A Home for the Homeless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUHJ8sC0XZs

For more information please visit https://www.southarts.org/touring-arts/southern-circuit/ or contact Kristen Holmes, 256.352.8118.