d610/1241031078-shelternetadwithdate.jpgThe plight of the homeless is sadly a popular topic in the news these days, and one local organization is looking to make a difference in Charleston. The Humanities Foundation hosts the House of Hope event on May 1 in Marion Square. The event seeks to bring attention to the growing needs of people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. Artist John Pundt, Guerrilla Cuisine founder jimihatt, and musician Charlie McALister will build a house from cardboard on the King Street side of the park. At 3:30 p.m., people are invited to use the house as a giant canvas on which to paint their interpretation of the issue of homelessness. The finished product will be on view for a week. While volunteers paint, Quentin Baxter will perform a benefit concert. Besides drawing attention to the needs of the homeless, the event will also serve as a fund-raiser for the foundation’s ShelterNet program, which provides one-time emergency financial assistance for low-income individuals and families who are in danger of eviction or having their utilities disconnected. —Hadley Lyman