May 6, 2018 | by Zandria Thomas
UL Habitat for Humanity Brings Awareness to Homelessness

The organization Habitat for Humanity is combating homelessness right here in Acadiana!

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Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1976. Habitat’s main purpose and goal is to help less fortunate families have a stable, safe and affordable place to call home.

The Habitat for Humanity club is new to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus and Acadiana area and the UL Lafayette chapter is determined to make an impact.

Even though Habitat is new to the Lafayette area they have already built over 100 homes in Lafayette and Vermillion Parish. Already doing community work around Acadiana, UL Lafayette’s chapter did it’s first Shantytown project.

The Shantytown Project is an event that Habitat has started to bring awareness of homelessness and poverty. This project requires that individuals build themselves a shelter/home made out of cardboard boxes. Once you’re done building up your cardboard home you have to stay overnight in it.

The point of this project is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see how they live. UL Lafayette Habitat students decided to do this event because they too want to bring awarness to homelessness right here in Lafayette. Two UL Lafayette students named April & Taylor with Habitat for Humanity share how the event was already impacting them .

 

 

Zandria Thomas, Mass Communication-Broadcasting, On Air Personality, 23, New Orleans

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