In anticipation of arctic cold temperatures, Code Purple shelter opens in Sussex

January 6, 2014

With temperatures across the state forecast to drop into the teens or lower tonight and Tuesday before gradually warming up Wednesday, a location has been established in  Sussex County to help people who are homeless find shelter.

In Delaware, centralized intake began today, meaning anyone experiencing a housing crisis in the state is urged to call 211. The operator will ask a few questions to determine if the individual or family would benefit from prevention services in the community or if they need to be assessed by a housing specialist.

To deal with the immediate cold-weather need today, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 12: People in need of overnight sanctuary are encouraged to go to Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Nan Ruhl, director of Immanuel Shelter at 302-604-2619.

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