Delaware commission approves site for new homeless shelter

January 17, 2020 GMT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A Delaware commission has voted to allow a nonprofit to turn a former State Police building into a new homeless shelter.

The Commission on State Surplus Real Property unanimously made the decision on Wednesday night, news outlets reported.

Love Inc., which runs Code Purple Sussex County, is set to open the location along the Coastal Highway in Lewes on Monday, according to the Christian nonprofit. It will run through March on nights when temperatures drop below freezing, and is expected to house up to 30 people.

The decision comes more than a month after the only shelter in the Lewes-Rehoboth area closed on Dec. 1, leaving dozens of people without nighttime protection during the winter months, news outlets reported. Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, and Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, proposed the barracks as an alternate location after State Police moved out that month.

Sen. Lopez told news outlets the state felt “very comfortable” working with Love Inc. because it operates eight other shelters around the state.

The organization’s director said it is working to establish a more permanent location for the area by next winter.