Mid Michigan Community Action Receives Funding for Water Repair Assistance Program
[Farwell, MI—] Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (Mid Michigan CAA) is participating in the statewide Water Repair Assistance Program through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as part of Michigan Coronavirus Relief Funding.
The Water Repair Assistance Program will ensure low-income households have access to hot and cold water, a toilet, a tub or shower, a kitchen faucet, and a laundry tub. To meet these needs, the program will provide a variety of plumbing, hot water heater, well, and septic repairs. The program will only run until December 30, 2020. It is important for residents to apply soon to access this program.
“We are eager to begin work on this program,” said Justin Walls, Housing Director at Mid Michigan CAA, “as having access to clean, running water is critical to the health and well-being of every household, especially as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Residents in Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland, Muskegon, Oceana, and Osceola Counties who do not have access to water in their homes or need plumbing repair should contact the Mid Michigan CAA office nearest them in Bay City at 989-894-9060, Big Rapids at 231-660-0271, Farwell at 989-386-3805, Gladwin at 989-426-2801, Midland at 989-832-7377, Muskegon at 231-557-7622, or Reed City at 231-791-7078.
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Gladwin Long Term Disaster Recovery Group is hosting a drive-through volunteer sign-up event on September 11th, 2020 to observe the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The Volunteer Committee will be at the Gladwin Fire Department at 701 E Cedar Ave, Gladwin, MI 48624 from 11AM-4PM on Friday, September 11th to sign up prospective volunteers from the safety of their vehicles to maintain social distancing. A multitude of volunteer opportunities are available rebuild homes affected by the May flooding.
“September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance gives us a chance to reflect on and honor the victims, first responders, and citizens involved in and affected by the national tragedy,” said Eva Rohlman, Outreach Services Director at Mid Michigan Community Action serving as the Long Term Recovery coordinating agency. “We do our best to pay tribute to them through our own acts of services and volunteering.”
Volunteers can also register anytime on the Gladwin County flood recovery volunteer website here: https://michiganredi.galaxydigital.com/. Needs across the community are being assessed daily, so volunteer opportunities are updated regularly.
“The process of recovery, especially in a disaster as widespread as this, is a long-term effort. It is the daily decision to come together and raise our hands to help our neighbors,” said Rohlman. “We have been extremely moved by the willingness of our community members to step up and help in all stages of recovery thus far, and we are hopeful that we will have the privilege to continue to work with such dedicated and selfless volunteers as we continue down this path.”
Residents who have been impacted by the flood and are seeking assistance can speak with Carla Long, the Disaster Case Manager, at 989-598-4315.
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