cardboard city

annual event typically in October

First Presbyterian Church, 502 N. 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI

This annual Cardboard City "homelessness experience" is designed to raise awareness and funds by allowing participants to sleep outside in cardboard "homes", tents or in vehicles to experience homelessness first hand. 

Unfortunately, many communities including ours have seen an unprecedented increase in homelessness due to after effects of the pandemic, a lack of affordable and accessible housing, and closing of businesses affecting people’s jobs and childcare. Now, more than ever, members in our community need us. And we need you! You, your company, business, family, group, or organization can be a part of this event. Your support will help three local non-profits (The Haven, Hope House, and Habitat for Humanity).

You, your family, group, organization or business can be part of this homelessness experience. Participate virtually by sleeping outside overnight in a cardboard box home, a tent, or in your car at your home, school or work parking lot, campground, etc.  or in-person at First Presbyterian Church. Or consider being a sponsor or donating in support.


Registered participants will receive t-shirts. There will be speakers,

live entertainment, food and community at the in-person event.

Prizes will be awarded for most money raised,

best cardboard home and best video uploaded.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jean at

Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity at 920.683.8466.