Mixed Concrete is a fundraising art show which raises money, awareness, and support for families with inadequate housing in Chapel Hill, NC. The show was founded in 2011 by a UNC student and continues to be run by UNC students. This year, our 8th Annual show will be hosted by the UNC Habitat for Humanity Chapter at TOPO’s Great Room and will feature donated art from both UNC students and professional artists from across the country. The silent auction will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm. All proceeds from the show will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.
There will be an opening reception where students, families, community members, local artists, supporters of Habitat Orange Country, and Habitat homeowners will come together to support our neighbors and enjoy the work of budding UNC student-artists and local professional artists. As in previous years, this year’s Mixed Concrete Art Show will have a silent auction format. The winning bidders can take their work home work them after the auction ends at 8 PM.
On Affordable Housing in Orange County:
Mixed Concrete addresses the problem of affordable housing in Orange County and Chapel Hill. Affordable housing is defined as spending 30% or less of household income on housing. According to 2007-2011 census data, the average monthly rent in Orange County is $779. The monthly rent qualifying as “affordable” in Orange County is $503. Fifty-eight percent of families in Orange County are cost-burdened by rent. For Phoenix Place, the fifty-house Habitat residential development in Chapel Hill, 300 families applied for homes. Mixed Concrete raises awareness of and contributes financially to this social quagmire.
A Little Bit About Habitat for Humanity:
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people in nearly 90 countries. Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage and their willingness to partner with Habitat. Habitat is able to make housing affordable to low-income families because houses are sold through a non-profit mortgage, groups like UNC Habitat provide vital financial support, and homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision.
UNC Habitat for Humanity is one of the largest student organizations at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that strives to fulfill Habitat’s mission to bring people and resources together to build quality, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter.
UNC Habitat is partnered with Habitat for Humanity Orange County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that works locally to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers, and coordinate house building.