Exploring the intersection of public space and homelessness


Episode 25: Alan Graham


A couple of weeks ago, my family and I had the opportunity to travel to Austin. Among visits to too many taco and barbeque joints, I also had to go visit Alan Graham and his team at the Community First Village. The trip was a revelation, and Alan, who has an exceptionally busy schedule, was gracious enough to make time to sit down with me. Alan is the Executive Director and CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, which runs a tripartite mission to help serve people who are currently or have experienced homelessness.

I had first heard about Alan’s work when Sarah Dooling mentioned his work during Episode 4 of the podcast. I then watched his TED talk and read his book and was struck by how innovative, entrepreneurial and transferrable the work of Alan’s team was to other areas of the country. To start our conversation, I wanted to talk about Alan’s preoccupation with narrative.