The American Homesteading Foundation (AHF) is the founding organization and developer of a unique intentional community, Melbourne Village, in Brevard County, Florida. The AHF is a not-for-profit corporation chartered first under the laws of the State of Ohio in 1946 and more recently in Florida in 1977.
The founding members of the organization had an idealistic vision of a community which would share resources, barter with one another, and engage in productive enterprises.
In the late 1940s ranch land was bought and subdivided in generous residential lots with winding streets and many parks. Lots and memberships were sold. Today there are about 300 member homesteads in the Village.
Today, the AHF functions much like a homeowners association. It manages a recreation hall, swimming pool, offices and about 40 acres of parkland. It sponsors recreation and social events including 4th of July parade, Halloween party, Easter egg hunt, game nights, Christmas dinner, and flea market.
The AHF works closely with the Town of Melbourne Village. The latter provides security with a 24/7 police department, issues building permits, and maintains the roads and drainage infra structure.
What’s Happening in Melbourne Village?
The AHF newsletter, The Villager, is published quarterly, Visit the office to obtain the most recent issue or click below to download a copy.
If you are in the Village, stop by the bulletin board on Dayton Blvd for current AHF and Town announcements, items for sale, houses for sale, lost pets and the like.
Here in a snapshot is our annual calendar of meetings and events. Details ae published in newsletter The Villager and elsewhere.
If you live in Melbourne Village, you are invited to join our online social network called Melbourne Village Nextdoor. It is a safe and secure website just for residents of the Village. Neighbors share community events, recommendations, items for sale/free, crime/safety concerns, and ideas about how to make our little town and neighborhood better.
When you join, you must use your real name and Village street address which will be confirmed.