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 […]

Counting their blessings: Homeless couple receives help to get off Dover streets

DOVER — Kimberly Hall and her husband David could only squeeze their hands tight, look into each other’s eyes and say “Hallelujah!” when asked what it meant to move into an apartment at Queen’s Manor in Dover two weeks ago. It was less than a year ago that the Halls were trying to survive the […]

Hill provides Hopes and Dreams in Dover

DOVER — Tricia Hill came to Dover last August not really knowing a whole lot about what she was getting herself into. It turned out that Ms. Hill, director of the Hopes and Dreams Peer Resource Center at 621 W. Division St., has fit into the city’s fabric seamlessly. She and her staff of three […]

Three Lewes residents successful in appeal to stop homeless shelter

GEORGETOWN — Three Lewes residents successfully appealed a 2017 government board’s decision to approve a special use exception for a proposed homeless shelter. In a six-page decision on March 28, a Superior Court judge vacated a ruling by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment regarding the planned Immanuel Shelter home near the Five Points intersection […]

Code Purple seeks volunteers for women and children sanctuaries

  DOVER — Being homeless in the frigid temperatures that the city of Dover has experienced thus far this winter can be a matter of life and death. That’s why Becky Martin, the director of Code Purple of Kent County, has been frantically searching to find volunteers so the organization can provide overnight sanctuary for […]

Delaware ninth-grader helping needy to avoid cold feet

DOVER — This holiday season, Priya Jayakumar, along with her family and friends that make up Charity Crossing, have been working with Code Purple and various other organizations to keep the needy’s feet warm. Priya, a ninth-grader from Bear, has led the charge to get Feb. 14 recognized as “Socks for the Homeless” day in […]

Dover’s Kleimo honored for lifetime devoted to less fortunate

DOVER — It’s easy to see in the vast collection of selfless actions of Jeanine Kleimo that she doesn’t set out to gain personal recognition. Rather, Mrs. Kleimo’s story has always been about helping others. She has been an advocate for affordable housing and the homeless almost her entire life. So even though she doesn’t […]