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Habitat for Humanity at Ithaca College Brings Attention to Homelessness and Affordable Housing Issues

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College chapter of Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring several events in April as part of its Act! Speak! Build! campaign. Activities will include a talk by affordable housing advocate Mark Horvath, a film screening and a career fair. All are free and open to the public.

Habitat for Humanity is conducting a month-long advocacy campaign to heighten awareness about homelessness, affordable housing issues and how organizations like Habitat can help. The advocacy is intended to address the policies, systems and attitudes in place that maintain the prevalence of substandard housing in the United States and beyond.

Mark Horvath, a documentarian and founder of the website, will speak on Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Textor 101. Horvath has been featured on CNN, NPR and CBS and was named one of the “11 Twitter activists you should be following” by the “Huffington Post.” He will talk about his advocacy regarding homelessness and effective social media activism. He developed to give a face to homelessness, something he knows all too well as he once lived among them when a severe drug addiction forced him out of his successful career in Hollywood and put him on the streets.

The film “Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty” will be shown on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Textor 102. “Living Broke” tells of the epic movement of poor Americans organizing to end poverty as documented in a decade-long journey by the filmmakers. Also screened will be “City Limit,” a documentary by Ithaca College students Rebecca Coffman ’12 and Andrea Bichan ’11 about the local affordable housing crisis.

A career fair on “Post-Graduate Routes to Service Learning and Community Development” will be held on Thursday, April 14, from noon to 2 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. The fair will feature representatives from Teach for America, City Year, AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps.

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