Santosha - The Village
An Alternative village for all who find it hard to live in the world we have created.
Today more than ever the American dream is in question. The poor, especially those earning minimum wage or on disability or SSI find themselves feeling burdened and unable to have enough money to pay their bills. Earning a paycheck of about $1,150/mo they feel every little bump in life as a catastrophe. Others who have more still feel they spend all their waking hours working craving balance and peace. The youth feel despair and hopelessness of the american dream. While many seniors on a fixed income see the american dream translating to isolated nursing homes where one awaits their final disposition.
Solution: Santosha Village
Santosha Village is a community that focuses on the well being of the individual through affordable housing, access to nutrition and wellness tools, reliable transportation, and a focus on following ones passion as a way of making a living.
Why Santosha Village?
Challenges of the current system
Lack of Privacy (dorm-style living)
Lack of Storage of personal belongings
You have to pack up and Leave every morning
Advantages of Village
All the advantages of having a private dwelling unit, with storage, basic electric and water etc.
Stay for as long as a year
No mandate to leave all day
Focused on self reliance and communal living
How will it work?
5 village rules:
No alcohol or illegal drugs on-site
No persistent, disruptive behavior
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
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 Proven Concept
Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon already has a homeless village running in this model! The city and a residents have partnered to build a 30 home shelter which has performed really well. Learn more about Opportunity Village.
The village is run by SquareOne Villages, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating self-managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people in need of housing. They have 3 villages currently in operation.