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 […]

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 […]

Dover Interfaith searching for new home for the homeless

DOVER — The Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing’s lease at its property at 684 Forest St. is scheduled to run out in 2020, which has city of Dover officials and members of the Downtown Dover Partnership keeping their collective eyes open to help find a new home for the nonprofit organization. The Dover Interfaith Mission […]

Commentary: Is the increased equity really going to the public good?

How can we make the best decisions regarding the raising of public funds and the use of those funds? This question comes to mind when reading about state authorization for Kent County and the city of Dover to levy a lodging tax to generate revenue. Recent articles state that Kent County funds will be targeted […]

Commentary: Homelessness in Sussex becoming chronic problem

How do I explain to Sussex County Council something that they have never experienced? How do I explain experiences of the working homeless to people who have never experienced homelessness for themselves? Here is my attempt at explaining something that council members have never experienced. Here goes … Sussex County has seen a boom in […]

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