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Detroit survey identifies priorities for Rescue Plan funds

June 26, 2021 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — A survey completed by 584 Detroit residents shows that rebuilding neighborhoods, fighting intergenerational poverty and improving public safety are priorities as the city looks to spend American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Detroit is to receive $826 million under the act, with $400 million designated for COVID-19 relief funding to restore the city’s budget. The funding must be spent by December 2024, according to the city.

City leaders asked residents for their input on how to spend the $426 million not designated for the budget. Nearly 3,300 residents attended 60 in-person, conference calls or zoom meetings to hear the American Rescue Plan Act presentation.

Some residents identified home repairs for senior citizens, low-income residents and the disabled as possible uses for the funding. Cleaning up vacant properties also was listed.

Some of the money also could be used to pay for life employment skills and preventing foreclosures, according to the survey.

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Residents also said funding should be used to stop motorists from speeding and drifting in their vehicles and pay for technology to fight gun violence.

Based on the results, Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his plan to Detroit’s City Council for consideration. Councilmembers are expected to vote Tuesday on the plan.