November 16, 2016

SVSU students building “Cardboard City” to raise awareness of homelessness

A group of Saginaw Valley State University students will show their genuine concern for people who are homeless and support a community cause during a “Cardboard City” event Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 8 p.m. in the Student Center rotunda. Students will spend 12 hours living in a cardboard-built home to simulate the experience of the difficult reality facing many people in communities today.

Instead of cozying up in their dorm rooms, SVSU students will camp in their do-it-yourself renditions of cardboard houses. While most students spend the night indoors, those seeking an even deeper appreciation for homelessness go outdoors for an enhanced learning opportunity.

The annual event is hosted by the SVSU campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and coincides with National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

In addition to gaining a better appreciation for a significant community concern, “Cardboard City” provides educational opportunities and raises funds for the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity.