On Thursday, August 25th Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County hosted the second annual Build a Cardboard House Competition at Farmers Market in downtown San Luis Obispo. The community event highlighted and raised awareness of the need for affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County. Teams of local San Luis Obispo County youths were able to put their creativity and construction skills to the test by building a house made from cardboard.
Five teams participated in the event that included two adult team leaders and three to four youth participants as well as a local architect who served as a mentor for each team and assisted them with planning the design and construction approach for their houses. The five teams were Youth Works, Community West Bank, The Cardboard Circus, Old Mission Youth Group, and Cal Poly. Each team had 2 hours to complete their project using only the cardboard, paint, duct tape, glue, and stickies provided by HFHSLOCO. Completed houses were judged by a panel of local dignitaries for creativity, construction innovation, completeness, and team work. This esteemed panel consisted of Kailey Sohn, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore South manager, Dan Carpenter, the vice mayor of San Luis Obispo, and two of Habitat’s board members.
The competition was a huge success! Each team was able to finish constructing their masterpiece within the time limit. The finished products were quite impressive. Although the competition was stiff, The Cardboard Circus managed to win first place for the second year in a row! The competition, music, and wonderful people involved in the event created an inviting atmosphere for Farmers Market attendees to stop by and join in on the fun. HFHSLOCO was able to reach a wide audience, involve the community, and highlight the importance and the need of affordable housing in San Luis Obispo. Below are highlights from the event!