If anyone can do it, Jeanine Kleimo can successfully head this effort! As Chair of DIMH she knows the issues … problems and solutions … as well as anyone, and already has demonstrated amazing success.
Just look at me. They turned me from a desperate, homeless, broke “bum” into a productive machine helping other people. lol 🙂
Excerpts from the Article:
It was no great surprise when Jeanine Kleimo was voted in to serve as the chairwoman of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to End Homelessness in Dover on Thursday afternoon. Ms. Kleimo, who also chairs Dover’s Interfaith Mission for Housing, has long been a voice for the estimated 300 to 400 adults in the Dover area who are considered to be homeless. So when she was tasked with leading the Homeless Task Force at the Dover Public Library she received tons of confidence from the committee’s 20 members.
The Homeless Task Force is charged with implementing the plan prepared by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Homelessness earlier this year. “I’m happy to do it because I think there are a lot of good people who are willing to work,” Ms. Kleimo said, about the task force, “and that’s what I’ve found with Dover Interfaith over the years, that it’s a good thing to chair something when you have good people who can get things done.“I want to get it done.”
The Housing Alliance of Delaware issued its 2017 Joint Report on the cost of housing in Delaware and homelessness.
Among the highlights from the report’s executive summary:
•The total number of people who experienced homelessness according to the one-night count “Point in Time” (PIT) decreased from 1,070 in 2016 to 1,015 this year. This year’s count was conducted on Jan. 25.
•Veteran homelessness decreased for the third year in a row, with 93 veterans experiencing homelessness in the PIT count.
•A total of 24 percent of people experiencing homelessness were children under the age of 18.
•In Delaware, 29 percent of the 344,022 households are rentals.
•A two-bedroom rental at fair market rate requires a 105-hour work week, at the state minimum wage of $8.25 per hour and
a one-bedroom rental requires an 86-hour work week at minimum wage rates.
Delaware’s inflated housing prices are the biggest hurdle in finding shelter for the homeless, according to Ms. Kleimo. “The biggest thing is that there is no affordable housing,” she said. “There simply is not. We need to develop some things in a new way and we’re talking to people about how to do that.”
Forums regarding the city of Dover’s plan to address homelessness will be held at the Dover Public Library on Tuesday and also on Oct. 24. The forums, which are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent County, will be held at 6 p.m. at the library on both dates.
Tuesday’s forum will share details of the plan and the proposed work of the task force.
For more information, contact Jeanine Kleimo at 242-0412.