HerStory Ensemble

                    HerStory Ensemble Newsletter Summer/Fall 2017

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.


Update on Senate Bill 49- Delaware's Homeless Bill of Rights

On June 14, 2017, the Judicial and Community Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Margaret Rose Henry of the Delaware State Senate heard testimony regarding Senate Bill 49 -AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HOMELESS PERSONS also referred to as the Delaware Homeless Bill of Rights.  The bill states that "An individual's housing status should not be a basis for discrimination. This bill establishes a 'Homeless Individual's Bill of Rights' that provides rights to protections for individuals experiencing homelessness, including protections from discrimination while in public and while seeking access to housing, employment, and temporary shelter. This bill vests important investigatory and enforcement authority with the State's Division of Human Relations and the State Human Relations Commission, simialr to their roles with Delaware's Equal Accommodations Law and Delaware's Fair Housing Act."

Both testimony supporting the bill and raising concerns about the bill were offered. A point was raised for the need in clarity regarding some of the bill's language and intent. Most of those signed in to testify did not get an opportunity to do so due to time limitations. Among them was Christina Showalter, Executive Director of the newly formed Housing Alliance Delaware. The bill remains in committee as Senator Bryan Townsend (sponsor of the bill) and others supporting this important legislation address the issues raised. It is our goal to have this legislation pass the Delaware Senate and House of Representatives in 2018.

Please contact HerStory Ensemble for our advocacy postcards to share in community. Help us spread the word that "Discrimination has No Place In Our Great State!"




2017 Human Right To Housing Conference Report Released

 Housing Not Handcuffs-

 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing, Washington, D.C.

According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, over 150 advocates, attorneys, current and former homeless individuals, funders, reporters, and government representatives from over 100 organizations across the country gathered to strategically advance our collective work against criminalization of homelessness and for housing.

HerStory Ensemble participated on a panel that shared information and discussed local and state advocacy efforts addressing homelessness and its emerging issues. Much focus was given to the developing Homeless Bill of Rights for the State of Delaware. To read the 2017 conference report visit www.nlchp.org.

7/25/2017                           HerStory Ensemble In Community

Thank you Ms. Em (Emlyn DeGannes), owner of MeJah Books, Inc. and author of the newly released "Affirmations of Intention for Peace-Filled Living" and co-author of "Letters to Ms. Em." Enjoyed an insightful afternoon at the MarketPlace, Chester, PA discussing both books and sharing about the work of HerStory Ensemble.  We at HerStory Ensemble appreciate your contribution to community well being and encouragement in supporting those experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, and formerly homeless. Pictured (left to right: Rhonda Celester (HerStory Ensemble), DeBorah Gilbert White (HerStory Ensemble), Community Member, and Ms. Em.    


Peace Train: Next Stop - HOUSING



HerStory Ensemble will present "Peace Train: Next Stop - HOUSING" as part of Delaware's Peace Week events, September 17 - 24, 2017.  "Peace Train: Next Stop - HOUSING" is an interactive presentation on homelessness, its emerging issues, and remedies. The impact of Delaware's pending Homeless Bill of Rights and the National Housing Not Handcuffs campaign are central to the presentation and the meaning of peace for those who do not have safe, affordable, and secure housing.

Date: September 24, 2017

Place: Bear Library- 101 Governors Place, Bear, DE  19701

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

                  For more information about Peace Week Delaware Events visit                                                              www.peaceweekdelaware.org