City’s Human Services Department May Be At Center Of Tug-Of-War

DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit City Council is expected to formally respond to a request by the State Department of Human Services that the city voluntarily give up control of its scandal plagued Human Services Department.

Councilman Kwame Kenyatta says Council wants the State to follow the process.

“We’re talking about millions of dollars, over 40 million dollars of weatherization money, block grant money that would be going to an out of city, non-profit in order to deliver services to the people in the city,” said Kenyatta.

Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins says the state must go through the proper process if it wants control of the department.

“We need a hearing, so that the citizens can understand what’s going on, or what hasn’t gone on, and I think the city deserves due process,” said Jenkins.

Council wants the State to hold a public hearing where the fraud can be discussed.

Mayor Dave Bing has already sent a letter to the State saying he is willing to decertify the city’s Human Services Department.


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