- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Latest on funding for low-income customers of southeastern Michigan’s water system (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Officials say a program to help low-income customers of southeastern Michigan’s water system isn’t running out of money.

Leaders of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and Great Lakes Water Authority said Thursday they continue to enroll residents in the Water Residential Assistance Program, which started this year to help people avoid water shutoffs.

They deny a report in the Detroit Free Press, which says the program lacks adequate funding and new enrollees aren’t being admitted. The story cites the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, which runs the program on behalf of the water authority.



Agency CEO Louis Piszker says in a release that its public statements had referred to prior funding for the program, but there is money “available to help those in need.”

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5:45 a.m.

An agency says funding for a program to help low-income customers of southeastern Michigan’s water system is running out of money to help Detroit residents.

Mia Cupp, spokeswoman for the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, which runs the program on behalf of the regional Great Lakes Water Authority, tells the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/2bv6PV9 ) Detroiters are being told to call back in October in case more funding arrives.

The Water Residential Assistance Program started this year to help people avoid water shutoffs. Activists predicted, however, that the program wouldn’t be an adequate solution because too many Detroit residents can’t afford to pay water bills.

The authority allocated $1.2 million for the program in Detroit through the end of February. It’s part of $4.5 million for the program in southeastern Michigan.

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