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Bastrop welcomes first family emergency housing shelter

Community members and leaders in Bastrop are welcoming the very first emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in the area. (CBS Austin)

Community members and leaders in Bastrop are welcoming the very first emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in the area.

It's called S.A.F.E., which stands for Secure Acre Family Environment.

Myranda Watson lives in one of three "tiny" homes that are now available to families in need of a place to live. They each come furnished with bunk beds, a microwave and fridge, and a space to eat and watch TV.

Just over a year ago, Watson was evicted after she was severely injured in a fall. She then lost her job and her home and spent a year sleeping in a hotel with her two-year-old daughter and mother.

"We didn't hardly have any money for her diapers sometimes," Watson said. "It's not a way of life I would recommend and it's basically like you're just marking time and you're not really existing."

The founder of S.A.F.E., Pastor Roland Nava, realized a need for family emergency shelters after Hurricane Harvey devastated the community in August. He houses families on the property with nowhere to go.

"Families with children that had gone through that, they couldn't get to their homes or their houses got flooded, so we opened up," Nava said.

The Bastrop Housing Authority says low-income housing is practically impossible to find in town.

"Some of the people had no insurance or didn't have adequate insurance, so they're starting all over again," Phil Woods, chairman of the Bastrop Public Housing Authority. "For public housing we have a two year waiting list right now."

S.A.F.E. plans to add five more "tiny homes" by the end of Spring with the help of community sponsor. To donate, visit here.

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