/// Transitional Housing
In September of 2014 the co-founders of The First 72+ converted an old bail bonds office into a free transitional house for formerly incarcerated men. Residents in our transitional housing program are able to live rent-free for up to 90 days, while receiving access to supportive wrap around services designed to help them achieve independence and self-sustainability.
After undergoing a holistic needs assessment our residents are provided meals, groceries, and clothing, as well as access to wifi and use of a tablet so that they may communicate easily - and safely - with case managers, counselors, and (where necessary) participate in out-patient substance abuse treatment.
Upon completion of the program all clients/residents are considered alumni, and like the founders, are expected to remain involved and to “pay it forward” for the next person in-need.
In partnership with The Office of Jonathan Tate we designed "A New Home for The First 72+." With the input of current and former residents we designed an 8 bed home with space for a social enterprise to put our residents to work. The design for this home received a citation in the 68th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards from Architecture Magazine. The house will be constructed on a lot we have leased from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, located directly next door to our office.
Completion of this project is estimated for mid-year 2022.