19th Annual Shantytown at Xavier to Focus on Homeless Veterans

October 13, 2008


For the 19th year in a row, a shantytown will spring up on the Academic Mall at Xavier University to educate people about the struggle of homeless veterans. Xavier University Shantytown 2008 begins at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 when students begin building cardboard shanties where they will stay for several days. The event ends at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 24.
The event will also raise money for the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless (GCCH) through Shantytown T-shirt sales.
Students sponsor and build shanties for $25, which they will live in for the five-day experience of solidarity with the homeless.  This year, as a part of the homeless veteran theme, a number of those who have a strong influence among the homeless population will share information about the services available for veterans when they come home from war, to prevent homelessness. And if homelessness happens, what services are available for them?Students can also participate by buying t-shirts to support the cause. 
The GCCH was formed in May of 1984 for one purpose: the eradication of homelessness in Cincinnati. GCCH serves the homeless through emergency shelter, transitional living facilities, permanent housing, medical services, social services, soup kitchens, and mental health/addictions services.
A partial schedule of Shantytown events is listed below.
Sunday, October 19              12:00 p.m. Students build shanties on Academic Mall
Monday, October 20             5:00 p.m. Simple Meal at Veg-Out at Dorothy Day House
Tuesday, October 21             9:00/10:00 p.m. Koinonia reflection
Wednesday, October 22       6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Panel on services available for homeless veterans and to prevent homelessness
Thursday, October 23          4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cook-out on Greenspace
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. movie “When I Came Home” a documentary about the struggle for a homeless veteran
Friday, October 24                8:00 a.m.    Tear down shanties