The Heat and Warmth Fund announced Sunday that Manhattan-based Miller Buckfire & Co. made the largest gift the nonprofit group ever received from anyone other than a utility company.
The city began hanging notices on the doors of delinquent water customers earlier this month, giving them ten days to work out a payment plan.
A new round of water shutoffs is scheduled to start May 1 and affect up to 28,000 customers.
The city is ready to issue hundreds of water shutoff notices a day, but officials say it’s still “not as bad as it was last year.”
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has set its sights on businesses with overdue bills.
Spokesperson, Curtrese Garner said that the glitch will not allow the department to access a delinquent customer’s account to apply a payment.
Cold weather will slow water service shutoffs in Detroit, but not halt a nearly yearlong push to collect on accounts 60 days or $150 or more past due.
Chief of Staff Alexis Wiley said UN representatives weren’t interested in the “numbers” — including the 33,000 customers who have signed up for payment plan assistance — when they met with Mayor Mike Duggan.
Mayor Duggan’s top aide said daily shutoffs are down to 350 to 400 and roughly 30,000 people have enrolled in payment plans.
Critics of the shutoffs say public health and children’s welfare are at risk in homes without water, arguing that “every resident has the inherent right to free water.”