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Community Conversation with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

Click Here to view the flyer for details on "Congress, Coffee & Conversation", a community event with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

  • Date: Friday, June 14th, 2019
  • Time: 10am - 11:30am
  • Location: Melvindale Civic Center (John Kessey Fieldhouse), 4300 S. Dearborn St., Melvindale, MI 48122

Press Release Re: Disaster Declaration for Flooding

Click Here (or read below) for the Press Release from Governor Gretchen Whitmer regarding her seeking a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Wayne County Flooding.

June 10, 2019

Gov. Whitmer Seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration to Help Residents and Businesses in Wayne County Affected by Flooding

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred in Wayne County from April 30–May 3. The request comes at the conclusion of an in-depth assessment of damage to the area.

“Damage to a home and loss of personal property due to flooding can have devastating emotional and financial impacts,” said Whitmer. “Helping the affected residents of Wayne County is our priority, so the state is exploring all its options to help and has asked the federal government for additional resources to assist recovery efforts.”

Whitmer has requested supplementary federal aid in the form of Individual Assistance to help eligible residents because of the severity and magnitude of the flooding.

If federal aid is granted, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help people and businesses recover from the effects of flooding. This request does not include assistance for costs incurred by state and local governments due to damage to public facilities and infrastructures.

Based on information provided by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD), state leaders requested a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment with federal and local officials to review and validate the most severely damaged homes and businesses across Wayne County.

The teams conducted their assessments from May 27–29. State officials reviewed the results and determined the extent of damage reached the level necessary to apply for federal aid.

Whitmer’s request will be reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will advise President Trump whether a disaster declaration should be granted. Ultimately, the President will determine whether to provide federal assistance.



Wayne County PSA - Project Zero

Public Service Announcement from the Office of the Wayne County Treasurer:

Project Zero Mini-Documentary Links:  Click Here to view video on YoutubeClick Here to view video on Google Drive.

[See video description below.]

Property tax foreclosures in Wayne County have dropped by 88 percent since 2015, and the City of Detroit levels are at their lowest point since 2008.

The Wayne County Treasurer’s Office (WCTO) presents “Project Zero,” a mini-documentary about office operations and how our public-private partnerships and community investors have assisted in developing our neighborhoods throughout the county. The Wayne County Treasurer has a goal for 2019 of zero foreclosures on owner-occupied homes. The WCTO is doing everything possible to reduce foreclosures, help taxpayers get enrolled into payment plans, and provide resources for residents to obtain financial guidance through their community partners.

In this 5 part series, residents in the community are interviewed about their experiences with the WCTO and how their participation has helped to educate and empower all those involved.

The data presented in this documentary was compiled between the years of 2015-2018.

Michele Oberholtzer, director of the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project at the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), is interviewed in this second segment of Project Zero. Oberholtzer discusses how UCHC works to represent people at risk of losing their housing and provides information on the services they provide.

United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization, which provides comprehensive housing assistance to Detroit's low-income residents. Today, the organization is primarily focused on the following areas: landlord-tenant legal counseling, housing placement, tenant organizing, and tax and mortgage foreclosure prevention. (Source-

Also interviewed is Victoria Kovari, whose previous position was the general manager of the Department of Neighborhoods, City of Detroit. During this time, Kovari talks about the issues with abandoned properties in the city, and steps taken to tackle blight and prevent property tax foreclosure.

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) provides a direct link between the City of Detroit and block clubs, community groups, business owners, faith and school leaders, and everyday residents. The 14-member team includes a district manager and deputy district manager in each City Council district. Their top responsibility is fighting blight and rebuilding and strengthening the fabric of the neighborhoods. Each City Council district also has a business liaison focused on helping neighborhood businesses grow and succeed. The business liaison helps businesses navigate City processes; connect to resources to promote growth; and improve the business environment in neighborhoods. (

Police Officer Employment Application

The City of Melvindale Police Department is accepting applications.  CLICK HERE for details and deadlines, and CLICK HERE for an application.  The application deadline is July 5, 2019.


Press Release from Gov. Whitmer Re: FEMA Visit


May 23, 2019

FEMA will Partner with State and Local Officials to Assess Damage in Wayne County

Lansing, MI- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) with state and local officials to review damages and response costs caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in Wayne County in early May. This request was granted by FEMA and is the next step in the process of asking for federal assistance.

"We are exploring all our options to assist the residents of Wayne County in recovering from the damage caused by this devastating flood," Whitmer said.  "The assessment is necessary to confirm the reported damage, which is critical in making our case for federal aid."  The joint PDA teams will be comprised of personnel from FEMA, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD), local governments and the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Joint PDA teams are expected to begin gathering information in impacted communities as early as next week. They will spend several days collecting estimated response and recovery costs with a focus on the number of damaged buildings, displaced individuals and threats to health and safety.


About the Disaster On April 30 and May 1, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in Wayne County, damaging infrastructure and private property. On May 2, Wayne County declared a local state of emergency and requested state assistance. Gov. Whitmer announced a state of emergency for Wayne County on May 2 and formally signed the declaration May 3.


By declaring a state of emergency, Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what MSP/EMHSD has already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.





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