HerStory Ensemble

HerStory Ensemble Newsletter Summer- Fall 2016

HerStory Ensemble's primary goal is to address the social and economic justice issues of homelessness. Our work provides an opportunity to bring focus to the issue of homelessness and advocacy efforts to end it.


First Annual Empowerment and Advocacy Event Video Highlights

A special thank you to Drew Gilbert for capturing highlights of our First Annual Empowerment and Advocacy Award event.   View a recap of the event https://vimeo.com/169044176.

Pictured: Dr. DeBorah Gilbert White (Founder/Coordinator HerStory Ensemble,

Representative Stephanie Bolden, Senator Bethany Hall-Long, and

HerStory Ensemble Advisory Committee Member Sherri Akil.


                 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing

HerStory Ensemble served as a panel participant at the Reforming Criminal Justice and Housing Policies to End Homelessness forum. The forum was presented by the National Law Center On Homelessness & Poverty in Washington, D.C. Our panel focused on Changing Laws at the Local, State and Federal Levels. We shared the importance of building coalitions, connecting with legislators and promoting greater awareness and education about homelessness and its related issues.  

 Pictured (left to right): Theresa  Dumais- Director of Housing Policy of the Committee on Financial Services Democratic Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives; DeBorah Gilbert White- Founder/Coordinator HerStory Ensemble; Diane Yentel- National Low Income Housing Coalition;Don Sawyer- A Bigger Vision; David Pirtle- National Coalition for the Homeless.



Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign Virtual Gathering

The Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign held a virutual gathering to prepare those across the country working with the issue of homelessness and its emerging issues.  HerStory Ensemble serves on the national steering committee for the campaign, working in collaboration with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the National Coalition for the Homelessness. The campaign focuses on the growing criminalization of homelessness and seeks to bring awareness  about  laws and policies that protract homelessness and infringe on the human and civil rights of people experiencing homelessness.  The official launch of the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign is November 15, 2016.

HerStory Ensemble In Community



Community Voice Coalition

                      Housing Not Handcuffs Community Justice Walk

Plan to join the Community Voice Coalition (CVC) on January 14, 2017 as we commemorate the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and bring deeper awareness related to homelessness and its emerging issues in Delaware and nationally. The walk will begin and end with a rally in Legislative Green Park, Dover, DE, with stops along the route at Dover Public Library, Dover City Hall/City Council, and Wesley United Methodist Church. The walk will begin at 10:30 AM and end at 2:00 PM. Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Maria Foscarinis, Esq., Founder and Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and Chief Dennis Coker of the LaNape Nation of Delaware are among invited speakers.

For more information contact Community Voice Coalition at CVCWalk2017@gmail.com or call 302-385-6230 or 302-450-6036.

                              Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.