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Homelessness a Concern in Frederica

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FREDERICA, Del. - Pete Boelens says before he purchased an abandoned home along Jackson Street in Frederica, homeless people used it for shelter.

"It's a bigger issue than people know. I think there's a lot of people out on the street because of the economy and it's hard times right now," said Boelens of Harrington.

Times are hard for people like Roger Scarborough. He's homeless.

"I stay here and there and I go to Dover to my friend's but I'm from Frederica," said Scarborough.

Scarborough says he was released from prison about 18 months ago. He often comes to the Frederica Senior Center to get a hot meal.   

He does odd jobs to get by.

"I cut grass. I'm a mechanic, I do landscaping," said Scarborough.

He's finding a way to make ends meet.

Some often find shelter in abandoned homes.  

Firefighters say a house along Jackson Street was used by homeless people. The house caught fire Wednesday night. One person, rescued from the second floor, suffered from burns and was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover.

"Last night a fire was started to keep warm," said Telford Rager of Frederica.

Rager says he heard the news about the fire and says homelessness is a concern.

"We see the cars in the parking lot where people are sleeping in the parking lot, in Frederica," said Teleford.

Rager and Boelens say something needs to be done.
     
Scarborough says the Frederica Senior Center is one place that's welcomed with open arms. In the meantime, he's doing what he can to get by.

"If you believe in God, HE will find a way for you. Pray. Realize that you can make it and all you have to do is believe in yourself. Once you believe in yourself everything else will come together," said Scarborough.   

The cause of the fire at the abandoned home along Jackson Street is under investigation.

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