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Detroit City Council Calls on Michigan’s Largest Utility to Pause Shut-offs, Explain Its High Electricity Rates

This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with ProPublica. In response to reporting by Outlier Media and ProPublica showing how DTE Energy disconnected electric accounts for nonpayment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit City Council is calling for the power company to enact a one-year pause on electricity and gas shut-offs.  […]

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Outlier wants our reporting to fill information and accountability gaps that keep Detroiters from meeting their challenges and achieving their goals.  To find these information gaps we analyze data ranging from 911 calls to property tax data, which helps us understand what Detroiters may be struggling with and how responsive officials are to these needs. […]

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Thousands of Detroit flood victims still waiting for aid 9 months later

Financial help from the government may never materialize for some Detroit victims of last summer’s devastating flooding while thousands of others have been denied recovery aid. Federal data shows that nearly 39,000 households in the city had gotten some money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of March 1 for flood damage. But another 8,204 families are […]

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Q&A: What Latinx growth Downriver means to Detroit City Councilmember Gabriela Santiago-Romero

Detroit City Councilmember Gabriela Santiago-Romero knows full well the impact of Latinx residents in Detroit moving Downriver. She represents District 6, which includes Southwest Detroit. That’s long been the heart of the city’s Latinx community. Plenty of her relatives have moved Downriver.  Louis Aguilar: How long has your family lived in Southwest Detroit? Gabriela Santiago-Romero: […]