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Stephanie Sena

Stephanie Sena is the founder and executive director of the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) - a non-profit homeless shelter operating since 2011, where students provide shelter, food, and community to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. She and her organization spearheaded The Piece Project, which promotes economic justice and food security through a variety of programs, and The Breaking Bread Village - a community of tiny homes and services for people and their pets who are experiencing homelessness.


The project houses people and works to get them back on their feet while also increasing the inventory of affordable housing through client/volunteer rehabbing of vacant homes. In addition, Stephanie works to increase the services available to people who are homeless and low income, and advocates for policy changes needed to create a more just and equitable community where more people have access to the resources they need to thrive.


Stephanie teaches history of poverty, homelessness, and resistance movements in the Center for Peace and Justice at Villanova University. She trains her students to be critical thinkers capable of being good stewards of the world’s resources, and compassionate citizens who advocate for a more just society.