The American Homesteading Foundation (AHF) is the founding organization and developer of this unique, intentional community 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 as a voluntary community association. It owns and manages a meeting hall, swimming pool, offices and about 52 acres of parkland. It sponsors recreation and social events including Easter egg hunt, 4th of July parade, Halloween party, Holiday dinner, movie & game nights, flea market, arts & crafts, yoga classes, a community garden and more.
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.
Much has been written about the history of Melbourne Village. For details about the early days see one of these valuable resources below.