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With Arrival of Cold Snap, Nonprofits and Volunteers Are Opening Code Purple Sites Across Delaware

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: With Delaware facing the coldest temperatures of the winter Monday and Tuesday nights, Code Purple is being declared across the state by the nonprofit and volunteer organizations that operate the shelters to keep people who are homeless safe during dangerous winter weather. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, capacity is limited.

When severe snowstorms or sub-freezing temperatures are forecast in Delaware, the organizations that manage Code Purple sites often activate their shelters. The Code Purple declarations, which vary by county and site, open up additional beds and warm shelter space beyond the year-round shelter beds available across the state.

To be connected to Code Purple resources, call the individual shelter locations or call the Delaware Housing Alliances Centralized Intake Line at 1-833-FIND-BED (833-346-3233). If you see someone outside who appears to be homeless, encourage them to seek emergency shelter or call a non-emergency police number to alert the police to the situation.

The wind chills across the state are expected to be in the single-digits to the low teens Monday and Tuesday, with overnight lows in the teens to low 20s. That means the risk for frostbite and/or hypothermia increases after even a short time outside.

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“The dropping temperatures, the strong winds and the wind chills arriving in Delaware will mean dangerous conditions outside,” said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik. “We encourage anyone without a place to go to find a spot at a Code Purple shelter.”

Details about the shelters, which are organized and operated by nonprofit organizations or volunteers:


Wilmington: The City of Wilmington, the Salvation Army and Friendship House have declared Code Purple for Monday and Tuesday nights. The Salvation Army building operates a shelter for women and children only at 400 N. Orange St. To register, call 302-652-8033 between 8 a.m. and 2 pm, and individuals also will need to register in person at 720 N. Orange St., Wilmington. Space for about 15 people.

Newark: Friendship House has declared Code Purple for Monday and Tuesday nights. The Newark Empowerment Center connects people with overnight stays at a rotating group of churches when Code Purple is declared. Pre-registration, including a rapid COVID-19 test, is required. To register and get the location, visit the center at 62 E. Delaware Ave., between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 302-544-0165. Space for about 10 people.

Middletown: Code Purple has been declared for Monday and Tuesday nights. Pre-registration, including a rapid COVID-19 test, is required. Call 302-416-0982 between 9 and 11:30 a.m. daily, but also will need to register in person at 44 W. Main St., Middletown. Space for about 10 people.

Code Purple Kent County has ongoing sanctuaries (hotline is 1-800-733-6816 or, with check-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. and check-out at 8 a.m.

The sites:
Men: Peoples Church, 46 S. Bradford St. Dover.
Women and children: Maranatha Life Changing Church, 1235 E. Division St., Dover.

Western Sussex: Code Purple shelters are housed in churches, with a central location for an evening meal. Fore more information call the hotline at 302-519-0024 or visit

For men: Church of God, 425 Stein Highway, Seaford. Check-in is at 8 p.m. and check-out is at 7 a.m.

For women: Grace Seaford Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford. Check-in is from 8:30-9 p.m. and check-out is at 7 a.m.

For men: Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church Ave., Milford. Check-in is from 8:30-9 p.m. and check-out is at 7 a.m.

For women, with or without children: Milford Nazarene, 11 NW Salevan Place, Milford. Check-in is from 8-9 p.m. and check-out is at 7 a.m.

Eastern Sussex: This Code Purple location operates all winter at the former Troop 7 Building, 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes. Shelter hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. To reserve a spot, call:
• 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: 302-269-7050
• After 2 p.m.: 302-519-0024


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