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UNI to address homelessness and hunger issues through 'Shanty Town' event

April 9, 2003

Christy Frahm, publicity and education chair, UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, (319) 222-5356
Vicky Smith, president, UNI Student Social Work Association, (319) 268-0247
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

UNI students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to relate to what life is like without food and shelter in a special 'Shanty Town' project, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Commons Courtyard on the UNI campus.

The event, to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger, is sponsored by the UNI Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the UNI Student Social Work Association. Participants, who have been asked to come with only the clothes on their backs and sleeping bags or blankets, will construct shelter from cardboard as part of the event. Discussions will be held about hunger, poverty and homelessness. A speaker from the Greater Black Hawk Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as a resident of a house built by that organization, will also share their experiences with participants.

The project is scheduled to conclude at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, with a group discussion about the experience.