The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s income-based water affordability plan is being extended another two years after the city reportedly secured additional funding to support the program.
Known as the Lifeline Plan, the program lowers Detroiters’ water bills between $18 and $56 per month based on income, erases debt from past due water bills and protects participants from water shutoffs. Detroiters’ household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to be eligible. More than 24,000 Detroit households are enrolled in the program, which also requires participants to keep their water usage within limits set by the city.
Some water affordability advocates have concerns about the ability to sustain the program, which has cost the city approximately $32.4 million.
When the city launched the Lifeline Plan in August 2022, it had enough funding to continue the program for a year and a half, Outlier Media reports, but has since secured additional funding to sustain it through the end of 2025. Some of that funding will come from the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, the nonprofit enrolling residents into the program, as well as additional funding from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services grants.
Other headlines for Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023:
- On Wednesday, the state Senate passed a bill to eliminate Michigan’s broad immunity protection for drug manufacturers and sellers from product liability lawsuits.
- The Michigan House passed bipartisan bills aimed at improving the lives of those in the juvenile justice system.
- Monsters Ball Detroit, the city’s largest annual Halloween party, is set for this Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Russell Events Center.
- The Redford Theatre will present the Candlelight Concert—A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.