Aretha Franklin offers hotel rooms, meals to Flint residents

DETROIT - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, says help is on the way for Flint residents.

Franklin is looking to provide nightly rooms for 25-50 people at the Courtyard Marriott in Southfield with food and beverage provided by the nearby Coney Island.

Flint residents will be pre-screened at her father’s church in Detroit, New Bethel Baptist Church, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3 through Friday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Bethel Baptist Church is located at 8430 Linwood at Philadelphia Street. 

"It's from 11 to 5 daily, starting at the church," Franklin said. "There will also be a per diem to go along with the rooms overnight at the Courtyard Marriott in Southfield."

Franklin said some people may get to stay for a couple days if they have children. 

"Otherwise, it's an overnight deal," she said. 

To register, residents of Flint are required to bring proof of home ownership, mortgage, monthly statements or rental papers. State ID or driver's license as proof of identity is also required.  

"Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters -- and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit," Franklin said to Local 4. "Hang in there."

What’s next for Aretha? She’s working on a line of food that she promises to rival those “other” sweet potato pies. She’s gearing up for her FIRST flight in 33 years and rehearsing for her upcoming concert at Ceasars Windsor on Feb 13th.

For more details on all of that, tune in to Local 4 News Today Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 a.m.


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