To protect homeless individuals from dangerously low temperatures, the state Department of Health and Social Services has designated Code Purple, or emergency, shelters throughout Delaware.
Through Jan. 12, those in need of overnight sanctuary are encouraged to go to Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Doors open every day at 5:30 p.m. The church is accepting people who are homeless in Sussex and Kent counties, since Kent County has no designated Code Purple shelters at this time. For more information, call Nan Ruhl at (302) 604-2619.
Centralized intake throughout Delaware began Jan. 6, so anyone experiencing a housing crisis in the state is urged to dial 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.