By Margaret Liendo
On November 10, the Habitat for Humanity Club held its annual Night Without A Home event in the Shea Conference Room. The event raises awareness of homelessness and the stigma that is associated with it.
In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on any given night in the United States, which included veterans and families (according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development). Some individuals believe that homeless people take advantage of the welfare system and are lazy; however many of them suffer from personal, physiological and mental problems that contribute to them becoming homeless. Night Without A Home served to educate young people about homelessness and provide a unique view.
The event simulated what it was like to be homeless by having participants build and “live” in cardboard boxes. Soup and bread were provided to simulate the typical soup kitchens from which many homeless individuals obtain their nourishment.
Isabel Wong, a fellow participant, stated, “It’s a good event and I [understood] more what it means to be homeless.” The participants had fun building awesome cardboard creations, including a castle and a Batmobile! Donations were collected from the participants and all proceeds were donated to the Habitat for Humanity organization.