The City of Detroit’s blight removal program will now expand into even more neighborhoods, thanks to $42 million in additional funding approved by the U.S. Treasury and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The Treasury Department approved the allocation the last week of April, and MSHDA gave its approval on May 3.

To date, the city has been allocated $170 million in federal blight-removal funds, including the latest round. So far, the city has used those funds to demolish more than 8,600 vacant buildings since January 2014. The city plans to take down 5,000 blighted structures this year, and 6,000 more next year.

Ninety-four percent of Detroit’s population now lives in areas where the federal government allows the City to perform demolitions.

To learn more, go to: www.detroitmi.gov/News/ArticleID/821/-42-Million-More-in-Demolition-Funds-Approved-by-State-and-Federal-Government.

DWSD offers express service at eastside customer care center

To better serve customers and help them avoid lengthy lines, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department has announced that it is providing express service for customers at its eastside Customer Care Center, located at 13303 E. McNichols. The larger center is best equipped to manage customer concerns quickly because it can accommodate three times as many customers per hour than DWSD’s other locations.

For customers whose water has been shut off, DWSD staff at all locations are immediately directing them to a cashier, rather than wait in line behind customers seeking to enter a payment plan. Once a payment has been received, the customer’s address is added to a list for immediate restoration, which typically occurs within 24 hours, if not sooner.

The Eastside Customer Care Center, 13303 E. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48205 (1-1/2 blocks west of Gratiot) is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

To learn more about the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department or to request water services, make payments, or report water problems, call Customer Care at 313-267-8000 or go to www.detroitmi.gov/dwsd.

Detroit Contractor Opportunity Fair

To help meet the growing demand for production, the City of Detroit hosted its first Detroit Contractor Opportunity Fair on Friday at the Northwest Activities Center. More than 200 Detroiters representing some 100 companies registered for the fair to learn about job opportunities in the demolition, trucking, construction and environmental fields. Contractors at the fair were able to meet and hear from a range of City officials to find out how to access those opportunities.

Doing home repairs? Come back to the City’s website next week to see a list of approved contractors.

To learn more about the City of Detroit’s demolition program go to www.detroitmi.gov/demolition.

What's Coming up?
Motor City Makeover

It’s not too late to join thousands of volunteers cleaning and beautifying Detroit’s neighborhoods for Motor City Makeover. The second of three Saturday cleanups for Motor City Makeover will be held this Saturday, May 14, in Districts 3, 4 and 5.

Individuals, community groups, block clubs, business owners, churches and schools must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods in order to receive a limited supply of bags, gloves and bottled water, as well as information regarding special pickups of bagged litter and roll-off containers. Register online at www.motorcitymakeover.org or call (313) 224-4415.

Companies or organizations that would like to make a financial or in-kind donation should call (313) 224-3400.

Detroit City Council Evening Community Meeting- May 17 in District 7

Detroit City Council will hold its evening community meeting in District 7 on Tuesday, May 17 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Evangel Ministries, 13660 Stansbury, off Grand River.

Citizens and organizations have the opportunity to submit by May 13 their specific concerns, addresses of problem locations, or other community-related issues. For information about the evening community meetings, or to submit questions and concerns, call (313) 224-4946.