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Two unique projects are in the works to help shelter the homeless in Delaware. The sites will provide individual sleeping quarters as well as other assistance to transition their clients to live on their own. Host Don Rush talked with Judson Malone, executive director of Springboard Collaborative, about the project.

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A new effort is underway to provide shelter for the homeless in Delaware. The non-profit Springboard Collaborative has plans for unique sites in Georgetown and Lewes. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the organization's executive director Judson Malone about the new project. Here is an excerpt from the full interview which will be aired on Delmarva Today this Friday at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM.


The homeless not only face with the cold weather, but also the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Bee Miller, executive director of Diakonia, about the impact of the virus on their efforts to provide assistance and shelter to this population.


With the cold weather now combined with the coronavirus homeless shelters are  seeking help from the local community as they face this winter's perils. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Celeste Savage, executive director of HALO which provides assistance to the homeless, about the community response and the road ahead. (Part 2)

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The homeless this year must contend not only with the cold but with the coronavirus pandemic. As a result homeless shelters have cut back on the number they can take in and have beefed up the precautions they must take to keep clients, staff and volunteers safe. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Celeste Savage, Executive Director of HALO, about the impact of Covid 19. (Part 1)

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While many of us will be sitting down with family for Thanksgiving, there are those without a home or family. Host Don Rush talks with Anthony Dickerson, executive director of the Christian Shelter in Salisbury, about his organization's plans and how the homeless cope with the holiday season -- especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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As the nation prepares to enter the winter months with the coronavirus still raging, the nation will still be suffering from another -- the opioid crisis. Sandy Brown, executive director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono which privides free legal services, says these two have made the situation much worse. In addition, Brown tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that she expects a homeless crisis to follow as the nation moves into months more of the virus pandemic. (Part 2)


Many homeless are now hunkered down inside shelters waiting out the coronavirus pandemic. In part two of our interview with Bee Miller, executive director of Diakonia, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with her about how they coping with the isolation from the outside world.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced homeless shelters to take precautions as they dig in for the duration of the pandemic while attempting to service this population. Bee Miller, the executive director of Diakonia on the Eastern Shore, tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about shelter's efforts to help the homeless while protecting against the virus.

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(AP) Virginia Beach officials are asking for the public's help in identifying locations around the city where homeless people live.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires cities that receive federal funding for homeless programs to conduct an unduplicated count of the homeless population known as the Point-in-Time Count.

The information submitted by the public will help guide teams of volunteers during the 2020 count.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman and her family have gifted coats to homeless people by leaving the winter weather gear hung about the city for years but may soon have to change tactics.

Brenda Parker says she was told this year that the tradition is considered littering. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk instead wants Parker to work with an outreach program. City spokeswoman Lori Crouch says that would ensure the coats are delivered in better condition than if left outside.

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A number of overnight shelters have opened up in Sussex County as the temperatures begin to drop.

Nine shelters are expecged to be in the county open every night through March 15th.

WBOC reports but there may not be enough overnight volunteers to staff the shelters.

Code Purple County Executive Director Nikki Gonzalez told the television station that Milford may not open because of the staffing problem and that Georgetown is also in what has been called critical condition.  

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With the ban on camping within the town limits of Georgetown there is concern that this may adversely affect the homeless in Sussex County.

WBOC reports that some of the homeless population finds shelter in the woods.

Jim Martiin, director of Shepherd’s Office, told the television station that the new ordinance punishes those who cannot afford a place to stay.

But, Town Manager Gene Dvornick said the goal is not to ban the homeless from camping but to create guidelines.

He added the camping is allowed on private property with the owner’s permission.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge's ruling that a local government board in southern Delaware erred in granting an exception to zoning laws to allow the establishment of a homeless shelter.

The court on Monday upheld a Superior Court ruling last year that overturned a decision by Sussex County's Board of Adjustment that had cleared the way for the proposed Immanuel Shelter home in Lewes.

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Mayor Jake Day gave his third State of the City address last night telling his audience that Salisbury was a more diverse and better educated city than it was three years ago.

He touted events like the National Folk Festival and the first ever Salisbury Marathon.

Day also turned his attention to the homeless noting that the city had placed 30 chronically homeless in the city in stable housing over the last 11 months.

He also said that the city’s wastewater treatment plant had received a 100 percent compliance rating from state and federal authorities.

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There were more than 12-hundred homeless elementary and middle school students who took the educational assessment tests in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there were up to 150 homeless students who took the SAT's.

There were an estimated 1.3 million homeless children and youth who attended public schools in the 2014-2015 school term.

That’s the most recent figure available.

The News Journal reports that studies found students who are homeless face serious academic and social problems.

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A gathering of homeless in Ocean City may move the resort to look at an ordinance that would prohibit sleeping in public places.

The issue began with complaints from residents and business owners about six homeless people who get together in the Caroline Street Stage area every day.

The resorts communications manager Jessica Waters told WBOC that there have been reports that they were bothering people ranging from bad language and drinking to general loitering and harassment of passersby.  


BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has a plan to combat violent crimes in the city, and has named a new director to help her lead the fight.

Pugh appointed Drew Vetter, who had been chief of staff at the Baltimore Police Department, to direct the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.

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Delaware officials have issued a Code Purple opening up shelters in Kent and Sussex Counties as the temperatures begin to drop.

They will remain open until Sunday.

In Sussex County the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, the Shepherd’s Office House in Georgetown and the Gateway Fellowship in Bridgeville will be serving as shelters.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The executive director of a social service organization says the number of homeless people in Allegany County has more than doubled in a year.

Courtney Thomas is with the Human Resources Development Commission. She tells The Cumberland Times-News this week that the increase in homelessness is a symptom of the area's increasing substance abuse issues.

The official count of people living on the street in January indicated 35 people were without shelter in the county. Last year's count was 16.