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This upcoming week, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be raising awareness about affordable housing by participating in Habitat for Humanity's national campaign: ACT! SPEAK! BUILD! Week.

The campus chapter kicked off Act! Speak! Build! Week today with a display at the Union Porch. Habitat members were offering information about poverty housing.

Tomorrow is Advocacy Day - In this question-and-answer setting, a representative from Representative Clay Higgins' Office will address students' questions and concerns about poverty housing, Clay Higgins' views on substandard housing, the federal budget and the government's role in eradicating substandard housing. In addition, Melinda Taylor, Executive Director of Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, will speak about Habitat International's Advocacy Campaign. Finally, Students will watch The Line, a short documentary about poverty stereotypes, and discuss central themes in the documentary. Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Board Members will be in attendance as well as The University of Louisiana at Lafayette President, Dr. Joseph Savoie.

A Homeowners Forum is set for Wednesday: Students will hear real Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Homeowners tell their stories of life before, during, and after the Habitat process. Melinda Taylor, Executive Director of Lafayette Habitat for Humanity will speak about Lafayette Habitat for Humanity as well as Geoff Gjertson, Professor of Architecture at UL and President of the Board for Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. 

On Thursday, there will be a Housing Simulation - Students will experience homelessness for a "week" in this housing simulation. Students will portray different personas of homeless people. Different Student Organizations will portray various housing authorities, and participants must search for housing each night of the week by going to the housing authorities. After the simulation, there will be a group discussion.

And on Friday there will be a Woodvale Elementary Teach-in - HFH- ULL adopted a third grade classroom at Woodvale Elementary and will teach them an afternoon lesson: What Is Home? The children will be engaged in collage-making to represent what home means to them. They will also design greeting cards to send to the homeowners.

Act! Speak! Build! Week will conclude March 10th with a restore shift at the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Johnston Street.

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