Detroiters looking for help with water bills out of luck, for now

By Sarah Cwiek

August 15, 2016

“The Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) just launched in March. It was touted as a comprehensive solution to Detroit’s chronic problem with delinquent water bills, and the subsequent service shutoffs that have hit tens of thousands of households over the past three years.

But it’s already committed the $1.2 million allocated to the city of Detroit for the program’s first year, and is not accepting new applicants right now.

Nicole Hill discovered this last week, when she called to see if she could enroll in WRAP.

“And they had no funds, and they didn’t have any other agencies they could forward me to,” Hill said. “They said they might have something around mid-fall. It’s so many people either in need of water, or in need of shutoff assistance.”…

…Without some source of additional money, the program will be out of dedicated funds for Detroit until March 1, 2017. That’s when the GLWA will begin committing 0.5% of the system’s total revenues to WRAP.”