Thursday, September 08, 2005

Delawareans to Open Homes to Refugee Families

The News Journal reports that the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Delaware Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster are working on plans to welcome families displaced by Katrina:

West End Neighborhood House, a Wilmington social services agency that runs a community center and a nonprofit housing group, could accept 20 families for as long as 18 months, Executive Director Paul J. Calistro Jr. said.
Calistro said he offered to help because his agency has helped find new, permanent housing for area residents left homeless by fires, explosions and floods.
"These people need to get out of shelters as soon as possible," he said. "There's no control of your life in a shelter, and without that control, it's very difficult to move on mentally, emotionally, economically."
New Castle County has committed to taking in at least 25 families.
In Rehoboth Beach, merchants and real estate agents are asking condominium owners to donate their seasonal rental properties to evacuees until April 15.

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