Michigan Health Endowment donates $2M to Detroit water fund

DETROIT – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund says it will donate $2 million to United Way efforts assisting low-income Detroiters with their past due water bills.

The MHEF says $1.7 million will help residents with overdue water bills and the remaining $300,000 will be dedicated to helping low-income individuals clean up damage caused by last week's historic storms.

"We are confident the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, in partnership with the Detroit Water Fund and Project H20 Flood Clean Up, will use this pilot funding to effectively serve these populations by helping low-income Detroit residents and their families regain and maintain access to clean drinking water and sanitary living conditions," said Rob Fowler, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund chairman.

The Detroit Water Fund was created to support Detroit residents in need of financial assistance to avoid shut-off status. Similarly, the newly-established Project H20 Flood Clean Up is run by the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and assists low-income residents affected by recent flooding.

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund's purpose is to benefit the health and wellness of Michigan residents with significant focus on programs for children and seniors throughout the state.