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8:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Curbing Panhandling by Homeless in Salisbury

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Signs have gone up around Salisbury, reading: “Don’t Contribute to Solicitors.”

They are appearing near stores in the city to address panhandling by the homeless population.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the Salisbury Daily Times that her department made a request to Public Works in April to put up the signs.

The concern is two-fold: driving customers away local businesses and safety.

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10:30 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Uproar Over Homeless Shelter in Easton

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It was standing room only at the Easton Board of Appeals yesterday as the public weighed in over a proposal to exempt a bed and breakfast on Goldsborough Street for a homeless shelter.

Opponents of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s proposed site were worried about the impact on their properties.

But its executive director Julie Lowe told the board that despite opposition from some neighbors and businesses Easton’s Promise is the best location to help people to get back on their feet.

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7:52 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Virginia Beach to Keep Homeless from Sleeping on Benches

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach is testing a way to prevent people from sleeping on benches.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city has added center armrests to about 15 benches on the Boardwalk, along with an extra bar on each end. The idea is to deter homeless people from stretching out on the benches.

If the pilot program is successful, center armrests could be installed on more benches. But it wouldn't be cheap.

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9:25 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Plans for New Homeless Shelter in Princess Anne

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Town officials in Princess Anne are trying to reopen the only homeless shelter that was shut down after Hurricane Sandy hit the region.

At the time town officials said that water from the storm left the Wood Home with a lot of mold.

Garland Hayward, president of the Princes Anne Town Commission, told WBOC that he is trying to raise awareness about the homeless problem in the area.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has plans that include $640-thousand in federal funding to rebuild the facility.

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8:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Homeless Barred From Under Pier at OC Park

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Ocean City has forced those living beneath the pier at Sunset Park after receiving complaint about homeless people leaving beer cans and trash.

In addition, authorities say there were problems with people taking advantage of the electrical outlets used for Christmas lights to run space heaters and to recharge their cell phones.

Police say people will still be able to live in the park but just not under the piers.

Lindsay O’Neal with the Ocean City Police told WBOC that the situation was not safe because the tides could trap anyone under the pier.

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Local News
9:06 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Delaware and Maryland Begin Implementing Obamacare

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they're ready for open enrollment to begin in the state's new health insurance exchange.

But officials acknowledge that glitches are likely as a key component of the federal health reform law is launched Tuesday.

Among other things, not all of the 68 marketplace guides being hired to help people learn about and enroll in the health care exchange will be in place when open enrollment begins.

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9:15 am
Fri September 6, 2013

New Facility Readies for Homeless Female Vets in Sussex County

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Sussex County will be getting a facility to help the growing number of female veterans who are homeless.

Home of the Brave is set to sign an agreement with God’s Way To Recovery for a home on Causey Avenue in Milford.

Work on the three-story house is just about done and is expected to provide accommodations up to eight female vets.

Roger Wood, who founded God’s Way To Recovery, says that the structure once housed homeless men.

But he says they have gotten jobs and have moved out.

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9:13 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Fire Leaves Dozens Homeless in Delaware

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Dozens have been left homeless and one man injured after a fire hit an apartment building last night in Bear, Delaware.

The blaze occurred after 8:30 p.m. in the village of Canterbury off Smalleys Dam Road.

Eleven fire companies responded to the blaze.

The man injured in the fire was found unconscious on the third floor and was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.

He was not identified.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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12:05 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

New Scholarship Program for Homless Students in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington University is focusing a new scholarship program on homeless students from Delaware public schools.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the program will provide $1,000 each academic year to supplement students' financial aid.

The university will work with school districts to help identify students eligible for the program set to begin this fall. They must qualify academically and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

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8:45 am
Mon February 18, 2013

New Shelter Planned for Homeless Female Vets

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - A homeless shelter for Delaware veterans is establishing a second home that's intended to help female veterans and their children.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Home of the Brave has bought a second home in a rural neighborhood outside Milford. Linda Boone, the president of the nonprofit's board, says the home is meant to house up to six women.

That would make Home of the Brave the only shelter in Delaware to accommodate homeless female veterans and their children.

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10:04 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Blankets for the Homeless in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are distributing more than 500 blankets to nonprofit organizations in Delaware to give to homeless people.

The blankets were to be distributed to nine nonprofit organizations on Friday from a warehouse at the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services' Herman Holloway Campus near New Castle. 

Officials say the organizations must distribute the blankets to people who are homeless within seven days.

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Delmarva Today
9:42 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Delmarva Today 02-01-2013

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With the weather turning colder, we look at homelessness on Delmarva.

Guests: Jim Barnes with the Christian Shelter in Salisbury

Sister Marilyn with the Joseph's House

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8:55 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Delaware To County Homeless

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Volunteers are heading out across Delaware to count the number of people who are homeless in the state.

The News Journal reports several dozen volunteers will conduct the survey this week. The federal government requires the count in every state and U.S. territory. The numbers provide data for researchers and policy makers to understand the problem of homelessness.

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8:52 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Homeless Hit Shelters in Salisbury After Snow Fall

The homeless are flocking to shelters with the winter blast that promises to put more snow on the ground over the weekend.

Hope and Life Outreach took in 47 people over night.

Executive Director Celeste Savage told the Salisbury Daily Times that the south Boulevard shelter has bed for only 29 people but can expand to 80 with the addition of cots.

Meanwhile, the Community Emergency Shelter Project told the paper that they were expending a full house last night at this week’s host churches.

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8:45 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Homelessness Down in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The rate of homelessness in Virginia has declined by eight percent since 2010.

Gov. Bob McDonnell made the announcement Wednesday. He cited data compiled by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness.

McDonnell said the homeless rate for families declined 11 percent, and the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness fell by more than one-third.

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