What is Santosha?

Santosha is a vision of a beautiful village of private, tiny homes for the homeless. Imagine a place you can call home with a gathering space, a community kitchen, a vegetable garden, and more. Residents will play an integral role in running the village. The cost to join? Only $2 per day.

Amenities will include:

  • Private micro homes
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Integrated Wellness programming through journaling, group meetings, and a dedicated healing space
  • Micro Business support programming to encourage income building
  • Tools and resources to help villagers achieve Sustained Freedom through home ownership
The most recent Santosha model

The most recent Santosha model

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Village Status

Current projected Completion date: January 2018

 

How it works

5 VILLAGE RULES:

  1. No violence 
  2. No theft
  3. No alcohol or illegal drugs on-site
  4. No persistent, disruptive behavior
  5. Everyone must contribute to the operation and maintenance of the Village.

EACH VILLAGER GIVES:

  • $30–60/month utility fee
  • 8 hours/week front desk duty
  • 2 hours/week towards  community improvement
  • Clean community bathroom once a month
  • Attendance at weekly village meeting

EACH VILLAGER GETS:

  • A small, safe and private space to call your own
  • Access to common kitchen, bath, laundry, gathering, and workshop facilities
  • Access to Mental Wellness and Micro-Business Assistance programming
  • Computer and wi-fi access
  • Monthly Bus Pass
A example of a village already in operation: Opportunity Village in  Eugene, Oregon

A example of a village already in operation: Opportunity Village in  Eugene, Oregon

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Join the Village

Attend our weekly meetings

If you want to get involved with the project, please join us for our weekly planning meetings. Every Monday at 10:00am at the Rebuild Center, 1803 Gravier Street in New Orleans.

Apply to live in the village

If you want to apply to live in the village, you must first regularly attend our weekly planning meetings, after which you can apply. Preference will be given to those who show commitment to the project.

Resources for the New Orleans Area

Emergency Shelters

New Orleans Mission
1130 OC Haley Blvd, 504-523-2116
M–F 4:00–6:00pm, Sa 5:00–7:00pm, Su 6:00–8:00pm
Men and Women

Ozanam Inn
843 Camp St, 504-523-1184
Before 4:00pm
Men only

Salvation Army
4500 S. Claiborne Ave, 504-899-4569
4:00–6:00pm
Men and Women

Covenant House
611 N. Rampart St, 504-584-1111
Youth only (16–22)

Veterans Services

Homeless Veterans Program (CRRC)
1530 Gravier St.
M–F 7:30am–4:00pm

DAY CENTER SERVICES

CRRC
1530 Gravier St, 504-412-3700 x1-3952
M–F 7:30am–4:00pm
Traveler’s Aid, Homeless Veterans Program, VOA, Pro Bono Project, Work Program, laundry, shower, restrooms, bus fare assistance

Rebuild Center
1803 Gravier St, 504-273-5577
M–F 8:00am–2:30pm
Lunch, showers, restrooms, mail, telephone, IDs, doctors, lawyers, Unity

Drop-In Center    
1461 N. Claiborne Ave.    504-948-6701
M 10:00am–2:00pm, Tue/Thu 1:00–5:00pm, Fri 10:00am–5:00pm
Youth only (14–23)

Permanent Housing Programs

Unity Welcome Home Center
2407 Baronne St, 504-899-4589

Meals

St. Jude Community Center
400 N. Rampart St.
M–F 7:30am–4:00pm

Rebuild Center
1803 Gravier St, 504-273-5577
M–F 1:00pm

Ozanam Inn
843 Camp St.
Daily 6:00am, 2:00pm, 6:00pm

Domestic Violence Shelters

Crescent House
504-866-7481

Metropolitan Battered Women’s Shelter
504-837-5400

St. Bernard Battered Women’s Shelter
504-277-0502


For more resources, view Unity's PDF of services in the New Orleans area.

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Micro Businesses

Our current Micro Business opportunity is a shared, rentable tricycle, equipped with a storage space for coolers or other containers.  Sell simple things like water and snacks all over the city for a small daily rental fee.

  • Rental fee is $15 per day
  • Day rental covers 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • All city permits and bike maintenance covered by fee
  • Bikes are rented on a first come, first serve basis
  • Bikes equipped with GPS trackers in case of theft

Do you have questions about Santosha? If so, feel free to contact us.