In response to requests from the community, the city of Milford has developed a task force to address the issue of homelessness in the area.

In response to a request from Circle of Light, the Milford City Council recently agreed that a task force should be established in Milford to address the issue of homelessness.

According to Craig Warrington, the homeless liaison for the Milford School District, 164 students had been identified as homeless by March 11 of the current 2012-2013 school year. This is higher than the 77 students identified during the entire 2010-2011 school year or the 127 during the 2011-2012 school year.

A Task Force on Homelessness in Milford has been established, with four Milford City Council members participating -- Dirk Gleysteen, Steve Johnson, Allen "Skip" Pikus and Katrina Wilson. Also participating are representatives from Circle of Light, Home of the Brave, People's Place, Delaware State Services, Connections, Milford School District, Catholic Charities, local churches and other groups, as well as individual members of the community.

A working group has been formed that will undertake much of the work of compiling information and developing proposals that will then be presented to the full task force. Other groups and individuals are welcome to join in this effort, organizers said.

All meetings of the task force and the working group will be open to the public and announcements of the time and place of such meetings can be found on the City of Milford website.

The working group anticipates to make recommendations to the task force within two months. If you would like to help with this work or have questions about it, contact Dan Bond at (302) 228-6590 or