W.T. Chipman sixth grader provides aid during pandemic

DOVER — When Natalie Cuccinello, an 11-year-old from Frederica, first thought about trying to help out those who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, she thought about raising funds for a local animal shelter because of her love for animals. However, the shelter was closed due to the coronavirus. So, her father, Joe […]

HUD grant to help homeless affected by COVID-19

WILMINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allocate $4,252,826 in Emergency Solutions Grants funding to Delaware to support homeless Delawareans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction or illness due to COVID-19, announced Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice on Wednesday. The agency […]

Letter to the Editor: For some, a respite from rooflessness

COVID-19 brought new troubles for all Delawareans, but for the roofless, COVID-19 also brought a short period of respite and refresh. Hotel rooms throughout the state were utilized to provide immediate shelter for those in need. Around 10 days from now, those people will lose these unique COVID-19 privileges of having a safe room to […]

Helping the homeless: DHSS response teams aim to keep vulnerable safe from COVID-19

DOVER — There are many people complaining that they are being forced to stay at home as part of Gov. John Carney’s State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Those same people probably wouldn’t want to swap places with the estimated 300 or so people who are homeless in the Dover area, […]

Lack of bathrooms an issue for Dover homeless

DOVER — With the Dover Public Library closed for the foreseeable future due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the homeless people that walk the streets of the city have no place to go — literally. That is a huge concern for Ennio Emmanuel, the director for Code Purple Kent County, who does his best to bring […]

Letter to the Editor: COVID-19 guidelines from the vantage point of a homeless person:

1. Wash your hands and face every 20 minutes with foaming soap and water for 20 seconds.  The homeless person asks: “Where can I wash my face and hands even just once a day, let alone every 20 minutes?” 2. Don’t shake hands and stay 6 feet away. The homeless person says, “I am good […]

Commentary: Who are sex offenders? And why are we so afraid of them?

By Jeanine Kleimo Twelve years ago, when we agreed to include those on the “Sex Offender Registry” in our shelter, I was concerned. I did not know who was classified as a sex offender or anything about the behavior or issues they might present to us. Like most women, the term “sex offender” conjured scary […]

Delaware awarded $7.8 million in grants that will assist homeless

DOVER — Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester announced on Thursday a $7.8 million in grant awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to organizations in Delaware. The Continuum of Care (CoC) competitively awarded grants will benefit 27 programs and groups that assist Delaware’s homeless population. […]

Former Troop 7 barracks eyed as Code Purple homeless shelter

LEWES — The former barracks home of Delaware State Police Troop 7 near Lewes will likely have a new use soon: a temporary shelter for the homeless during sub-freezing weather. With final state blessing anticipated this week, the barracks structure at 18006 Coastal Highway will be utilized as a homeless shelter through Love INC of […]

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 […]