We recognize that our network is collectively experiencing a period of uncertainty, sacrifice, and stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In place of our regular newsletter, we're sharing immediate city and state resources to inform you, our network of city residents, community partners, and stakeholders, of the resources that are available to help you get through this difficult time. Please share them.
We hope that you are well and taking care of yourself, your family, and neighbors. Please stay home and stay safe.
For resources like free meal programs, Homeowner’s Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) Extension, assistance for those experiencing homelessness, how to claim unemployment benefits, and more. Visit the City's COVID-19 page here.
On Monday March 23, the State of Michigan announced the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order that requires all non-critical businesses to temporarily close and all residents to stay home except for essential needs or six feet away from others.
This starts TODAY, March 24. Read what you can and may not do here.
DDOT and People Mover rides are FREE. You must board and exit DDOT buses via the rear door. Primary routes will be operating throughout the week on a Saturday schedule. Sunday will remain the same. Click here for the schedule.
Detroiters who need their water turned on can sign up for DWSD’s Water Restart Plan. Residents without water, or who have received a notice they are at risk of service interruption, will only need to call Wayne Metro at 313-388-9799. Customers also must make a monthly minimum payment of $25 during the time there is a risk of outbreak in Detroit to avoid service interruption. Click here for more information.
The City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Division is providing meals for children during the COVID-19 outbreak and school shut down. On Monday – Thursday, parents and children can pick up two meals (Breakfast and Lunch) between the hours of 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On Fridays, they can request additional meals to get them through the weekend.
Meal pick-up will be provided at the following City Recreation Centers:
- Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon
- Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive
- Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort Street
Groceries also available
The City of Detroit is also working with Gleaners to provide sites where families can get groceries. Starting TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 Gleaners will begin providing groceries to families with children at two additional Recreation centers:
- Roberto Clemente Recreation Center, 2631 Bagley. 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Every other Wednesday starting March 25
- Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade. 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Every other Thursday starting March 26
- Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive. 1:30 – 4:30 PM, Every other Saturday starting March 29
Local Charter schools will also serve food in the coming days. For an updated list, visit the City of Detroit COVID-19 Resources page.
Under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s orders, gyms have been closed to lower the spread of COVID-19. Just because you can’t get to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t be active. The Neighborhoods has teamed up with local trainers to make sure your summer body is ready after COVID-19 is under control! Read the article and find YouTube videos here.Stay Active During COVID-19
Internet Access at Home
Comcast has rolled out an effort to increase internet speeds and provide free internet for 60 days to qualifying residents enrolled/seeking to enroll in their Internet Essentials program. If you know someone who does not have internet, or is struggling to pay for internet, please direct them to www.internetessentials.com
The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
AT&T has pledged to waive late fees for the next 60 days (since March 13th). AT&T offers Access, which is a low-cost option for families struggling to pay for internet.
Lastly, here is a list of free/low-cost online learning and remote work resources that could be potentially helpful for an individual or family.
Sign up for text, phone call, or email alerts from the City of Detroit.
Residents can sign up to receive urgent and important non-emergency notifications by phone, email or text from the City of Detroit to stay up-to-date on the latest public notifications.
To sign up for alerts click here.
Do you have COVID-19 questions?
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has warned Michigan residents to watch for scams related to COVID-19. Scams include websites selling fake products, and fabricated emails, texts, etc. Please visit bit.ly/3cxKAgX for more info.
The Community Education Commission has collected additional resources in this web-based app.