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A longtime tradition at WKU (2011 marked the 21st annual Shantytown), Shantytown is an experience not to be missed. Homelessness in Bowling Green and across the nation is a serious problem. WKU students are given the opportunity to experience a "night of homelessness," to gain a better understanding of what it's like to be without a home, even on a miniscule level. Participants also learn how to take positive action to become part of the solution of homelessness.

Participants have the opportunity to build shanties to sleep in that night, as well as participate in a "soup kitchen," listen to live local music, compete in a canned-good building contest, complete on-site community service projects, and hear from community leaders about the impact of homelessness.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Shantytown 2011! Over 200 people participated, and 20 stayed the whole night!

Shantytown is brought to you by the Residence Hall Association, Housing & Residence Life, the Alive Center, and Habitat for Humanity.

Watch for announcements about Shantytown 2012!

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