Group effort provides feast for those in need

DOVER — At least for a couple of hours today, the homeless men, women and children in Dover will be able to get out of the elements, have a feeling of love and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast of their very own. The Boulevard Live Entertainment Restaurant, at 1036 Lafferty Lane in Dover, has teamed up […]

Cupcake Wars fundraiser supports Home of the Brave II

MILLSBORO — On National Make a Difference Day Saturday, youth was served — and hundreds of cupcakes sold — in a Cupcake Wars fundraiser at American Legion Post 28 supporting Home of the Brave II, the transitional home in Milford for homeless female veterans. Skyler and Riley Schmidt, sisters who are active members in the […]

Letter to the Editor: Don’t look down on homeless

Why are homeless people always discriminated against? I realize that many homeless people here in Dover make the population look bad for those of us that are homeless because we fell on hard times! It’s so upsetting for society to categorize; judge as well as discriminate us! Many of us aren’t addicts, drunks etc.! I’ve […]

Sussex administrator deflates pitch for homeless parking lot

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County has put the brakes on a homeless advocate’s proposal to utilize several acres of county-owned property as a temporary parking lot for working, homeless people whose vehicles are their homes. In April, Jim Martin approached county council during public commentary, asking the county to donate several acres of the property along […]

Recruiting, retaining landlords housing locator’s mission

GEORGETOWN — Several months ago, Ryan Leonardo of the Sussex Community Crisis Housing Service assumed his new role as housing locator. The mission: address homelessness by matching willing landlords with those seeking a roof over their heads. “What I am tasked is to do recruit and retain landlords throughout the county that are willing to […]

Safe parking proposal pitched for homeless workers living in vehicles

GEORGETOWN – The advocacy drive for the homeless in Sussex County hit “park” last week with a request to utilize a portion of county-owned property along U.S. 113 in Georgetown as a temporary, monitored parking/sleeping area for the workforce homeless living in their vehicles. Jim Martin and Dr. Michele Williams on April 30 submitted a […]

Commentary: Remember the unsheltered during Holy Week

As many of us walk with Jesus through Holy Week this week, please remember the unsheltered in our county who carry heavy crosses of exhaustion, of stress, of rejection, of hunger, of homelessness, of the lack of resources and the lack of a place to belong. I believe that in the eyes of our unsheltered […]

Commentary: Continuum of Care seeking to end homelessness in Delaware

This is a response to an opinion piece written by Jeanine Kleimo published on Feb. 18 about U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) funds in the state of Delaware. In her article, Jeanine correctly identifies the woefully inadequate supply of affordable housing in Delaware. Approximately 25 percent of renters […]

Commentary: HUD funds won’t help majority of homeless

Most readers of the Delaware State News who noted Sunday’s (Feb. 10) article about HUD funds coming into the state to address the needs of the homeless are likely to be surprised at the large amount of money ($8,249,505) and to wonder how much is coming to Dover. Very little is coming to Dover. Very […]

Homeless issue heats up as temps cool down

DOVER — Temperatures in Dover are expected to drop to 30 degrees tonight and again next Wednesday night, with the freezing weather bringing potentially life-threatening conditions to the homeless population in the city. Considering that Code Purple Kent County doesn’t open its sanctuaries until Dec. 1 and the city of Dover doesn’t have any emergency […]