Mayor’s Update for Residents – January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022 / Comments (0)


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City Offices to Close for Martin Luther King Day January 17

Refuse, Bulk & Recycling Collection One Day Later

Most City of Detroit offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Normal police, fire, water and sewerage, and bus services will be provided.

The Department of Public Works will NOT collect refuse, bulk and curbside recycling on Monday, Jan. 17. Monday’s collection will be picked up on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s collection will take place on Wednesday and so forth.

The City’s parking garages will be open as normally scheduled. Motorists also can take advantage of free metered street parking anywhere in the city on Martin Luther King Day.

The Detroit Department of Transportation will operate on its normal schedule on the King holiday.

The COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites run by the Detroit Health Department will be closed on Martin Luther King Day.

The Detroit People Mover remains closed for now.

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.

Detroit ACE announces Martin Luther King Day programming

Martin Luther King Day Graphic City of Detroit to offer afternoon of special programming Jan. 17 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King

Detroit ACE programming includes an interview with Dance Theatre of Harlem Director Virginia Johnson and conversation with Jonathan Harris about his “Critical Race Theory” painting

The City of Detroit will offer more than five hours of programming beginning at noon Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in honor of the civil rights leader on the federal holiday that bears his name.

Highlights include:

  • A conversation between Director of Arts and Culture Rochelle Riley and Dance Theatre of Harlem leaders Virginia Johnson and Anna Glass
  • A conversation with celebrated Detroit artist Jonathan Harris, whose “Critical Race Theory” painting has taken the nation by storm.

The special block of programming, co-sponsored by the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship and Detroit Media, also will feature a curated selection of programs from Detroit ACE’s 2021 schedule, including specials from last year’s Black History Month. All the programs can be viewed on Channel 22 (Detroit A&E), City’s YouTube Channel and

To learn more about the special programming, go to

Budget Priorities Forums D5 & D6 Meetings 2022

Budget Priorities Forums

Department of Neighborhoods District 5 Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Join the meeting via Zoom at

Department of Neighborhoods District 6 Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Join the meeting via Zoom at

Construction Conference Jan. 21-22, 2022

 Detroit Construction Conference | January 21-22, 2022

To register for the conference, go to

If you have questions, send an email to

Mayor Duggan and KeyBank announce $10M commitment to preserve and create affordable housing

Key Bank announcement pic1City, Key Bank and LISC officials recently announced $10-million investment to support affordable housing in the city at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

LISC Detroit and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced January 12 a $10-million investment from KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) to create and preserve affordable housing in the city through the Detroit Housing for the Future Fund (DHFF).

The DHFF, which was announced by Mayor Duggan in 2020, represents the largest single private commitment to affordable housing in Detroit’s history. It is a private investment fund managed by LISC that is committed to investing private capital into affordable housing projects in need of gap financing to move the developments forward. With a sixth project also announced today, DHFF projects representing about $40.7 million in total development costs, with a combined DHFF investment of more than $12.7 million, have been approved since the fund’s launch in the fall of 2020.

Together, the deals represent the creation or preservation of a combined 224 units of affordable housing in neighborhoods across the city. The DHFF is a part of the larger Affordable Housing Leverage Fund, which is an initiative of the City of Detroit’s Housing & Revitalization Department.

The Duggan administration has made affordable housing a top priority as it works to help Detroiters stay in their homes amid increasing rents as the city’s turnaround continues. The administration set a goal of preserving 10,000 units of existing affordable housing and the development of 2,000 units of new affordable housing through multiple public and private housing initiatives including DHFF.

For the full story, visit the City’s website at Mayor Duggan and KeyBank announce $10M commitment to affordable housing | City of Detroit (

Detroit ACE Artists Workshops 2022

The City of Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) will restart its free, monthly entrepreneurship workshops on Tuesday, January 18.  The Jan. 18 session will focus on “Art of Finance” with Attorney Michael Hall and Leslie Thomas, a financial consultant.

Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m., and feature experts in everything from marketing and brand management to networking and determining pricing for performance and products.

Links to register for upcoming sessions, as well as recordings of previous sessions, are available at

To read the full story, including the list of all upcoming sessions, visit Detroit ACE and Art Ops professional development and entrepreneur workshops | City of Detroit (

Booster Shots Available for Ages 12 and Up

The City of Detroit is now offering Pfizer booster doses to everyone ages 12 and older, following approval by the Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The Pfizer booster dose is recommended to be administered five months after completing the primary series, down from six months.

Additionally, the CDC has recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for immunocompromised children ages 5 and older, to be provided 28 days after completing their initial series.

At this time, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for people under the age of 18.

Children ages 5 through 11 can receive their Pfizer vaccinations and boosters at two Detroit Health Department vaccination clinics at 100 Mack Avenue and Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, by appointment only by calling (313) 230-0505.

Vaccinations and boosters for those eligible are available at vaccination clinics across the City of Detroit including sites with drive-through, extended hours and Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome at most locations (except for pediatric vaccinations).  For details or to make an appointment at any location, call (313) 230-0505 or visit

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Enforcement begins of modified Detroit Rental Ordinance focused on lead safety and landlord compliance

The City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED) starts the new year with increased enforcement for rental properties in continued efforts to reduce child lead poisonings in the city. The modified ordinance was approved by City Council in October 2021 and is effective now.

Under the new guidelines, the City of Detroit maintains its role as one of the strictest in the nation on requiring lead compliance from landlords. BSEED staff surveyed approximately 20 other major cities and found that Detroit was the only one to require regular risk assessment analyses for rental properties.

The ordinance’s focus on lead safety is part of the city’s multi-faceted efforts to reduce lead exposure, especially in children, whose cognitive abilities can be impaired at younger ages.

Over the past 20 years, the number of children that test positive for elevated blood lead levels each year has gone down by more than 90 percent, according to State of Michigan data. In 1998, more than 16,000 children tested positive, compared to about 1,400 in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available.

The key is balance and ensuring safety for all residents of rental properties and employing the workforce to handle the inspections needed to hold landlords accountable and compliant.

For the full story, and the key provisions in the amended ordinance, visit Detroit Rental Ordinance on lead safety and Landlord compliance | City of Detroit (

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