First a house, then a home in a compassionate community!

Welcome to Housing First Communitas!

The Housing First Community Coalition (HFCC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in San Antonio, Texas. Together with a broad array of partners, we are developing a housing community for individuals who are some of the most vulnerable and marginalized in the city — people experiencing chronic homelessness.
We are combining the Housing First concept with a wrap-around supportive community.  It will be a place where people are not looked upon as a burden or problem, but as valued humans who deserve the basic dignity and inclusion that all humans deserve. Through serving each other, we may begin to more-deeply connect with our humanity — within ourselves and with each other.

What we're planning

Apartments, Tiny houses, Hospitality Center, Showers, Workshops, Amphitheater, Green spaces

Designed by Fall 2017 Graduate Architecture Class UTSA

Professor Candid Rogers

Our Values

Individuals

HFCC targets individuals who experience chronical homelessness, vulnerable individuals as they out number chronically homeless families by 36 to 1.(CSH study 2016)

Housing

Evidenced-based Housing First principles are endorsed to promote roof, safety, and dignity first.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Abundant, wrap-around, formal and informal supports are provided to ensure that one’s house becomes a home such that each resident feels valued, demonstrates self-efficacy, and is enabled to maintain a long-term lease.

Community

All residents, volunteers, and staff through collaboration and cooperation, feel a sense of belonging within a welcoming, life-giving, beautiful campus.

Methodology

Mutual support is provided by using a Serving-Healing (equilateral) rather than a Fixing-Curing (top-down) methodology.

Solidarity and Accompaniment

Opportunities are available to both those newly “re-homed” and those who have never been homeless (PALs = Please Alleviate Loneliness…be a pal) to live in solidarity and to accompany each other on their mutual, collaborative journey towards the celebration of a purposeful life together.

Diversity

A diverse community where all residents, individuals without housing, volunteers (peers, hospitality, and PALs), property management staff, partnering case managers/counselors, and health care providers (medical, psychiatric, dental) are dedicated to creating and maintaining a compassionate, generative community for the benefit of all.

What can you do?

We're glad you asked! Whether you're far or near, we want to partner with you to help restart some lives!

Become a volunteer

All people, skills, and talents needed. Your investment of time and care will have ripple effects beyond knowing. It would be a pleasure to serve beside you!

Give a gift!

Combining our resources has tremendous potential. We can’t do this alone, and no contribution is too small. Share a gift from your heart that will fuel the development of this community!

Become a PAL

PAL: Please Alleviate Loneliness. Live in solidarity and accompany those newly “re-homed” on a mutual journey towards a purposeful life. Become a PAL!

Get Involved Now!

‘Communitas’ is a Latin noun commonly referring either to an unstructured community in which people are equal, or to the very spirit of community. Communitas is characteristic of people experiencing liminality together. 

Housing First Community Coalition Goals

HOW ARE WE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?!

Build.

Build 150 units that will house 125 individuals who are the most vulnerable with long histories of homelessness plus 25 peer and PAL volunteers. Units will include a variety of styles of tiny houses and efficiency apartments that will all be approximately 300-350 square feet.

Partner.

Partner with the San Antonio Catholic Worker Community to build an on-site 4000 sq. ft. club house to continue hospitality ministries (meals approximately 250/day], hygiene supplies, bathroom, showers, laundry, postal, phone, movies, games, and Wi-Fi) for community residents as well as those without housing.

Foster.

Foster the development and/or the enhancement of job skills, talents, and hobbies and promote dignity, self-worth, and a means of income.

 

 

Build.

Build 4-8 interconnected units to provide respite and/or hospice for community residents, as well as for those without houses, who are in need of services.

 

 

Partner.

Partner with local volunteer groups to provide unique, non-traditional informal wrap-around supports (companionship, transportation, hospitality events, seasonal social events, birthday parties, movies, games, book clubs, etc.).

Become.

Become a catalyst for two-way transformations by helping new residents adjust to becoming “homed” within a community of caring individuals and help those who have never been homeless to understand, empathize and companion with those had been without homes for a long time.

HF Communitas