Great Lakes Water Authority accepting enrollment for# Water Residential #Assistance Program (WRAP) – Metro #Detroit #MotownMom

Income-eligible Metro Detroit residents encouraged to apply for assistance

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) has launched the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP), the first sustainable assistance program focused solely on residential water services in the state of Michigan. In its first year, the WRAP is expected to provide $4.5 million to residents across southeast Michigan. Income-eligible Metro Detroit residents can begin the enrollment process by calling (313) 386-WRAP (9727) or visiting www.waynemetro.org/WRAP.

 

Unlike assistance programs in the past that rely on outside sources for funding, the WRAP has a dedicated source, with the potential to continue in perpetuity. A half-percent of all GWLA revenue will be dedicated to the WRAP. As revenues increase for the authority, so too will the available amount in the WRAP program.

 

“In addition to bill payment assistance, the WRAP provides educational programs and funding to fix leaks and other minor home plumbing repairs,” said Sue McCormick, CEO, GLWA. “It truly is one of the most complete solutions that not only supports consumers in need, but also aims to put them on a pathway towards self-sufficiency.  When we strengthen one part of the system, we strengthen the system as a whole. We are proud to be able to offer our customer communities this solution.”

 

The initial allocation of WRAP funds will be distributed to the city of Detroit, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties. The total amount each area will receive is the same proportion of revenue it pays into the WRAP.  This is to ensure an equitable distribution among all customer communities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR RECIPIENTS
To qualify for the WRAP program, participants must meet the following requirements:
  • Have income at or below the 150% federal poverty threshold;
  • Be residential customers of the GLWA service area, with first priority to customers who have a past due bill and/or are in active shut off;
  • Provide proof of residency or provide renter’s proof of responsibility for water on lease;
  • Customers with water usage 20% or more above average must participate in a home water audit and install water conservation measures; and
  • Stay current on monthly bill payment for 12 months.
At the time of program enrollment, the program administrator will work with local communities to suspend customer shut off and freeze arrearages. Qualified participants are also eligible to receive:
  • Payment assistance up to $1,000 per household per year — $25 per month towards a bill credit, and assistance with arrears;
  • Home repairs up to $1,000 per household to fix plumbing issues causing high usage;
  • Water saving kits and consumer training classes; and
  • Supportive WRAP-around services, which include referrals to energy, food and clothing assistance program.
The program is administrated by Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, in collaboration with a total of five community action associations to ensure that all customers within the GLWA service area will have access to WRAP resources—that’s 126 communities throughout seven different counties in southeast Michigan.

 

For more information regarding the program, please visit www.waynemetro.org/WRAP or call (313) 386-WRAP (9727).

ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY (GLWA)

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) was established in November 2014 to provide water and waste water services to 126 municipalities in seven Southeastern Michigan counties. On January 1, 2016, GLWA assumed operational, infrastructure improvements, environmental compliance and budget-setting responsibilities for the regional water and sewage treatment plants, major water transmission mains and sewage interceptors, and related facilities. The organization leases these facilities from the City of Detroit for an allocation of $50 million per year fund capital improvements for the City of Detroit retail system and/or debt obligations. GLWA also will fund a Water Residential Assistance Program to assist low-income residential customers throughout the system. The GLWA board includes one representative each from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties as well as two representatives from the City of Detroit, and one from the State of Michigan to represent customer communities outside the tri-county area.

June9th #EatToTheBeat FREE #SouthfieldCity #MotownMom Food, Fun, Family!

June9th #EatToTheBeat FREE

SouthfieldEatToBeat2016

Open to the public on the 2nd Thursday of each month

Live music, great food & Fun Times!

http://dld.bz/e7GNd

“Hot Mess Mom Hacks” I’m guilty of… #MotownMom

Being a single mom Of three I’ll admit I’m guilty Of skiing SOME OFF THESE.

I swear only some… (baby wipes aren’t just for the baby.)

I won’t admit Which ones, but trust me the struggle its real when it comes to Being a single mom and you do what you have to make it on a daily basis as long as you don’t endanger the kids or someone doesn’t call the people on you.

Which ones are you guilty of?

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Detroit Impact will be hosting an eight week children program Kids Camp! #DETROIT #SummerCamp #2016 @DetroitImpact91

Detroit Impact will be hosting an eight week children program Kids Camp! Call (313) 272- 0004 for more information! https://t.co/hhxreY5t2T

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Watch “Record Number Of Millennials Living With Parents” #MotownMom

As my older children still live with me, both going to school I was fascinated by this report and would love to know where is the balance at in your household?

Rules?

Curfews?

Guest?

Cleaning?

Please share your insight if this is also happening in your household.

Home Repair Grant for Home Owner age 62+ cc: @habitatdetroit

Home repair grants from $1000 to $15000

Note: grants are available on first come, first serve basis while funding last.

See specifications below… Print option available at the end.

Click here to download the application

 

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2016homerepairPart 2

 

Click here to download the application

Please share with others as well. thank you

You’re invited to Parents, Community, and Business Lunch and Learn (May 24, 2016) #MotownMom

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Covenant House Academy – Southwest Campus
1450 25th Street
Detroit, MI 48216

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Covenant House Academy – Southwest Campus

Finally, a sandwich bag that’s endlessly reusable #MotownMom @TreeHugger @feistyredhair

Katherine Martinko

Silibagz -- You'll never need another single-use plastic bag with these in your kitchen!

© SiliSolutions

These flexible, airtight, watertight “bbagz” are made of platinum silicone, are multipurpose, and will last indefinitely. Going Zero Waste just got a whole lot easier.

It’s time to say goodbye to plastic Ziploc bags forever! A cool new product called bbagz has just been launched, and it does everything a plastic sandwich bag can do – and much more.

Read more at: http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/say-goodbye-ziplocs-forever-bbagz-innovative-replacement.html

“Must Read” #MichLit Author, @DesCooper, Know The Mother…. will touch the soul! #MotownMom

Detroit, Michigan, journalist and author, Desiree Cooper, has released her wonderful book of poems and prose with Wayne State Press called Know The Mother. A beautiful literary work of art that will touch the soul.

Buy your copy now : http://amzn.to/1VKxXTS

ABOUT THE BOOK:

While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

Buy your copy now : http://amzn.to/1VKxXTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

Check her out at descooper.com.

Buy your copy now : http://amzn.to/1VKxXTS

Connect with this author at:

http://www.facebook.com/descooper

(see upcoming events and signings on facebook) 

http://instagram.com/descooper

https://twitter.com/descooper

 

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

New Michigan Literary Network podcast w/guest @DesCooper, author of “Know the Mother” at http://tobtr.com/s/8790883.

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HUD AWARDS NEARLY $15 MILLION FOR LOCAL HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN MICHIGAN @SecretaryCastro #MotownMom

 

HUD NEWS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Julián Castro, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410

HUD No. 16-063                                                                                               FOR RELEASE

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http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $15 MILLION FOR LOCAL

HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN MICHIGAN

Funding support to 59 local homeless housing and service programs

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro awarded nearly $15 million to 59 local homeless housing and service programs across Michigan.  TheseContinuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration’s efforts to end homelessness and build upon the $56.1 million in funding HUD awarded throughout Michigan through a first round of funding in March.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“We know how to end homelessness and these grants support local programs that are proven to prevent and end homelessness as we’ve come to know it,” said Secretary Castro. “As we continue to make progress toward ending homelessness in this country, HUD is challenging communities to use more cost effective solutions to help those experiencing homelessness.”

“These grants will build upon existing efforts to end homelessness assisting individuals, youth and families when they need it most,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, Antonio R. Riley. “It will go a long way put them on the path towards dignity and independence.”

The competition to award FY 2015 CoC grants was the most competitive ever, both locally and nationally.  This is consistent with HUD’s policy goals as well as Congressional direction to stringently review performance, increase competition for CoCs, and not simply fund renewals in the FY 2015 CoC competition.

HUD strongly encouraged local applicants to prioritize their funding request very carefully, using a mix of performance data and local needs.  In addition, applicants were encouraged to submit projects that were based on research-driven approaches and supported the nation’s goals to prevent and end homelessness.  As a result, local CoCs eliminated a combined $124 million in renewal funding from lower performing projects in order to apply for new housing projects. These new projects will provide permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness.

Ultimately, the awards made today, and those awarded in March, will help us achieve the bold goals established in 2010 by President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) in the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness,Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This means continuing the progress made in reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness and setting a path to ending homelessness in this country. HUD estimates there were 564,708 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2015. Since 2010, local communities around the country reported an 11 percent reduction in overall homelessness, a decline of more than 72,000 persons. During that same time, veteran homelessness fell by 36 percent; chronic homelessness declined 22 percent; and family homelessness declined by 19 percent.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
at 
www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.

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