Unintended Consequences, Governor’s Order To Close Hotels Forces Military Veteran From Home

A homeless military veteran and his wife have spent the day trying to find a place to live after Governor Carney ordered hotels closed on Monday.

Shortly after the governor ordered commercial lodging in Delaware closed through May 15, or until the public health threat is eliminated, a Dover hotel notified its guest that they would be closing and posted a notice on the door.

Despite the fact that the order exempts certain Delawareans and essential workers the hotel said that due to the order by the governor that the hotel would be closing.

When contacted by the couple, who would like to remain anonymous,  this morning, First State Update reached out to the Governor’s office for comment and any guidance for the couple who have been living in the hotel under a Veteran’s Administration (VA) Voucher.


As checkout time came and went, the couple contacted the Veteran’s Administration for help. We also contacted the VA on the couple’s behalf and heard from back from them right away.  A spokesman for the Veteran’s Administration told First State Update that the VA would be able to assist the couple with emergency lodging. When we contacted the couple to give them the good news they had already gotten the good news from VA.  The couple said that their VA representative, working with the state, had located lodging for them and that they were checking out and headed to the new hotel.

It’s not clear if the Governor’s office played a part in arranging the couple’s new lodging accommodations. His office did not respond to our email.

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