It’s been five years since the news broke that the citizens of Flint were drinking dirty water that was laced with lead – and families who lived in the area at the time are still suffering the consequences that come along with using tainted water.
But during a time in which the state failed the people of Flint, those same people rose up to help one another.
At the start of the Flint Water Crisis, this meant banning together to get clean water to their neighbors. Today, it means getting help to those who are facing the long-term impact caused by the crisis.
Here you will find a list of seven Flint Water Crises resources for families. Each one focuses on educating the community about what happened then, what’s going on now and more.
If you or someone you know is still feeling the effects of the Flint Water Crisis and is looking for support, connect with these organizations.
Visit this page for the monthly operating report of the city’s water and sewer system. Plus, find water facts and an outline of improvements. Water filter locations are listed, too.
This online resource provides the locations where families can go to get clean water and filters. You can also find updated information on what the money going into Flint is being spent on, health organizations and information that can help with lead poisoning and other issues, details on how to keep your pet safe and much more.
Block club, neighborhood association and crime watch captains/presidents that come together each month to exchange information. They aim to improve communication among all Flint residents, create safer and healthier neighborhoods and re-establish a sense of community in the city.
In regards to the Flint Water Crisis, they are constantly posting the most up-to-date information and host informational events to keep community members in the loop on the latest happenings.
Founded in 2018 by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor who initially discovered the high levels in Flint, this resource acts as a registry for those who have had health issues caused by the Flint Water Crisis. Families that register and take a survey will be awarded $25 per survey and will be connected to services and programs that will cover their needs.
In addition, their data is used to track the progress happening in Flint, which will allow the city to advocate for additional services needed.
This phone app keeps up-to-date information on water-test results. It can also show you where to get your blood tested, places that give out water and filters and hospitals that offer blood testing. Download it for free.
The state of Michigan provides the latest in lead testing, details on how to install filters and locations to pick up water and filters. You can also find the contact information for educational, health and other services; plus a spot to donate toward those affected by the crisis.
The local branch of this national non-profit offers opportunities to donate money that will go toward bottled water, filtration systems and health care access for kids affected by the lead. To pick up water from United Way of Genesee County, visit Greater Holy Temple, Asbury United Methodist and Bethel United Methodist.
Do you know of any other Flint Water Crisis resources for those who were affected by the water in Flint? Drop the name of those organizations in the comments.