Community workday planned to get new shelter open

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A community workday is planned to help make sure a new homeless shelter opens in a Delaware community that lacked one.

The Delaware State News reports donations can be dropped off and prospective volunteers can register Monday at the former State Police building in Lewes that's being turned into the shelter.

The facility will run through March on nights when temperatures drop below freezing and is expected to house up to 30 people.

The change 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.

The director of the organization that will run the shelter said it is working to establish a more permanent location by next winter.

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