The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is contributing $2 million to help Detroit water customers pay overdue bills and assist low-income city residents with the cleanup of debris left over from recent flooding.
The Lansing-based nonprofit organization says Friday that $1.7 million is to help people manage their water bills. The rest will go to flooding cleanup.
It will be administered through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan which is partnering with the Detroit Water Fund and Project H20 Flood Clean Up. The Detroit Water Fund will pay up to 25 percent of an overdue bill.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has shut off service to thousands of overdue accounts since this spring. Shut-offs related to unpaid bills have been suspended since July 21 but will resume next week.