For four decades, the historic district of downtown Dover has experienced decay, underdevelopment, impoverishment, and despair. After consultations with various stakeholders, a group of Dover citizens founded the People’s Community Center to harness local knowledge and organizing local partners and allies to launch programs to address downtown’s most critical problems.
The crises of underemployment, addiction, and homelessness have vastly disproportionately harmed young adults in Dover. Limited options have caused some members of our community have spent years in prison. When they are released, they face serious obstacles to rebuilding their lives and reintegrating into their communities. There is currently a paucity of help available for ex-offenders seeking to rebuild their lives.
Delaware has one of the highest rates of recidivism in the nation. This is especially true of young black males, who suffer a vastly disproportionate share of poverty. Programs exist in New Castle County to help them re-integrate into their communities, but there is almost no help for people returning to Kent County.