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 […]

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 […]