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:

Letters to the Editor

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 […]

Emmanuel focused on helping homeless

DOVER — Anybody could easily glance at Ennio Emmanuel’s personal schedule and assume he already has too much on his plate as an insurance agent, owner of a coffee shop in Milford and as an award-winning Latin singer. However, none of those other jobs and responsibilities have proven to be more exciting to Mr. Emmanuel […]

Training a vital tool for volunteers at homeless shelters

GEORGETOWN — Weeks ago, well before the freezing temperatures arrived, volunteers in Sussex County began learning how to meet the needs of those seeking shelter from the cold. “It takes a whole slew of volunteers,” said Nikki Gonzalez, Sussex County Code Purple director. “You’re talking dinners every night, intake for guests at eight places, two […]

Social mobility focus of Today and Tomorrow Conference

GEORGETOWN — Rungs vary on the social mobility ladder. In the game of life in Sussex County, Delaware, individuals and families face obstacles trying to climb that ladder. “We’re trying to level the playing field so that people out of the gate, have the same opportunity. But the sheer reality, social mobility is by our […]