Mayor’s Update for Residents – December 23, 2021

December 23, 2021 / Comments (0)


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Most City of Detroit offices to close for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Most City of Detroit offices will be closed starting Friday, Dec. 24, 2021 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Normal police, fire and bus services will be provided.

For the full list of Department closings and hours, visit the City website at Closings for Christmas and New Year’s holidays | City of Detroit (

Although offices may be closed, many city services, such as tax and fee payments and permit applications, are available online at In terms of some payments to the City of Detroit, individuals also may utilize the DivDat kiosk or mobile app. Residents also may report issues via the Improve Detroit app.

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Extended holiday hours for rapid COVID-19 testing at Joseph Walker Williams Rec Center

Starting this week, the Joseph Walker Williams Rec Center COVID-19 test site (8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard) will be open for Rapid COVID-19 Testing at Extended Holiday Hours.

Rapid tests will be available Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. this week and next week, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Testing is available by appointment only for all who live or work in the City of Detroit. Schedule your appointment by calling (313) 230-0505 and receive your results within an hour after completion via text!

Learn more at, or call (313) 230-0505.

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Mayor Duggan announces appointment of Tim Slusser as Chief of Mobility Innovation

Mayor Mike Duggan announced this week he has appointed Tim Slusser as Chief of Mobility Innovation. The Chief of Mobility Innovation works to direct the development of mobility initiatives and policies within the City of Detroit.

In his new role, Slusser will work across multiple city departments to coordinate cleaner, more accessible, and more equitable mobility solutions for Detroit residents and visitors alike.

Slusser aims to develop a stronger ecosystem in Detroit which enables more pilots and demonstrations of innovative mobility solutions for all Detroiters. This will include helping companies get the city support they need such as permitting, community engagement, and helping to cultivate fruitful public-private partnerships.

Slusser is a Michigan native and graduated from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Energy Systems Engineering.

Read the full story at: Chief of Mobility Innovation | City of Detroit (

Warming Centers open, Recreation Centers and Public Library branches serve as respite locations

With cold, wintry weather already here, the City of Detroit is reminding residents that warming centers and respite locations are open to provide relief from the cold.

The City has four warming centers, in conjunction with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, open from now through March 31. The centers provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless when year-round shelters may be at capacity. A fifth day center at the TCF Center is operated by the Pope Francis Center.

Due to COVID-19, the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) access points have moved from in-person to a call line. Contact CAM at (313) 305-0311 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. CAM staff will explore alternatives to shelters or make a shelter placement referral.

The City’s recreation centers and Detroit Public Library branches are open during business hours to provide residents relief from extreme weather. Both recreation centers and the libraries will follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

To get additional information on warming centers and respite locations, go to

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