FLINT, Michigan — The City of Flint continues to work with local community organizations, faith-based facilities, businesses, and surrounding public safety municipalities to help with family resources and recovery efforts related to the November 22 explosion on Hogarth Avenue.
•The City of Flint Building and Safety Department will go door to door this week with home inspection information for all 27 damaged or destroyed homes.
•A total of 20 damaged homes have had utilities shut-off. One home has had utilities restored with utilities at the remaining 19 homes shut-off until final assessment of the area is complete, which is scheduled for this week. The assessment will include pressure testing the gas lines by Consumers Energy.
•The City of Flint delivered care packages from Consumers Energy to 19 of the 27 families and continues to work with the families to determine levels of need.
•Blight laborers have boarded homes on Hogarth Ave., Larchmont, Harrick St., and Clairmont St., and will continue to board and secure the windows and doors of damaged homes. Residents with homes potentially damaged by the explosion can call 810-410-2020 for assistance.
•Any community member wanting to make essential items donations, can contact any of the following:
- Catholic Charities at (810) 232-9950.
- Hand of God Ministries at 810-766-9278. Hand of God Ministries is also looking for volunteers to service those in need.
•Monetary donations continue to pour into the fund set up by United Way. To date, the fund has received over $40,000 from over 300 donors, including the initial $5,000 donation from United Way. The City of Flint will work with the families to assess needs for fund allocation.
•A site manager will remain at the location to check-in and assist residents with questions or concerns regarding their property.
•Genesee Health Systems has set up a 24/7/365 Virtual Urgent Care and Crisis Lines available for any resident. Residents can call 810-496-5500 for the Behavioral Health Urgent Care and 810-257-3740 for Crisis calls.
•The Hogarth Avenue explosion area is still secured with barricades and 24/7 security provided by Michigan Security. Any unauthorized persons or groups will be asked to vacate the area as it is unsafe and still being assessed.
•The cause for the explosion is still unknown at this time.
Anyone interested in making a monetary donation can give to the November 22 Flint Home Explosion Fund in 1 of 3 ways:
- www.unitedwaygenesee.org, click donate and choose this fund
- Mail donation to: United Way Genesee, PO Box 949 Flint, MI 48501, with note: “November 22 Flint Home Explosion Fund”
We encourage all residents affected by the explosion to call the City of Flint Public Health Office at 810-410-2020. Family resources are available for shelter, food, clothing, mental health assistance, housing vouchers, and other essential needs. Please give your name, phone number, address, and service needed. The Public Health Office phone line will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The City of Flint would like to thank our growing number of community partners that have assisted with the recovery efforts:
• Ashley Furniture
• Catholic Charities
• Consumers Energy
• Family Promise
• Genesee Health Systems
• Hand of God Ministries
• Home Depot
• Italia Gardens
• Metro Housing
• Red Cross
• St. Pius
• United Way
• Valley Breakfast and Bistro
Mayor Neeley asks the community to continue praying for these families as we find ways to support them with much needed resources.
The City of Flint will continue to update the community regarding efforts to assist residents affected by this tragedy.
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