To help address the growing needs of residents impacted by the Flint Water Crisis, The Salvation Army of Genesee County is expanding its service to the community and providing an opportunity for Salvation Army supporters across the nation to help fund vital response efforts.
Working in conjunction with other Flint-based service organizations, The Army is collecting funds to help purchase water, filters and pay delinquent water bills for residents who have received shutoff notifications. Donations will also be used to provide additional services related to the water crisis in the community as they arise.
Flint Water Crisis utility assistance is an extension of the regular, ongoing support The Army offers to individuals and families in need. Last year, The Salvation Army of Genesee County provided nearly $1.4 million in water-related emergency assistance, 68 percent of which went to Flint residents. The Salvation Army of Genesee County is currently working with residents in resolving non-Flint Water Crisis payment issues – at an average of $843 per client – through grants from the CS Mott Foundation and United Way of Genesee County.
“Providing water assistance has been particularly challenging due to the amount of the bills and the lack of funding to provide significant assistance in this area,” said Captain Caleb Senn, Genesee County Coordinator. “Many of the water bills that we see are significantly higher than the amount of assistance we can provide. The situation is amplified by the water quality issue and the hold on billing, which have generated an overwhelming number of requests for help.”