Homeless shelters limit beds to stop spread of coronavirus

March 26, 2020 GMT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Some of Delaware’s homeless shelters are limiting their beds to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The News Journal in Wilmington reported Thursday that the shelters’ priority is keeping their residents healthy.

For instance, the Salvation Army’s shelter for women and children in Wilmington is no longer taking in new clients. It has 42 women and children, which is 10 fewer than capacity, said Capt. Timothy Sheehan, Delaware coordinator for the Salvation Army.


Crisis House in Georgetown is now housing eight people and not taking anyone new, said Marie Morole, executive director of Sussex County Crisis Housing Services.

“We don’t want to put our residents at risk and staff at risk,” she said.

Emergency shelters are also prolonging stays for some people because the economy is in such rough shape.