Flint leaders hire residents to help with water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Flint leaders hire residents to help with water crisis

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A judge ruled home delivery of bottled water should be required in Flint.

The city argues it can't afford home deliveries and sided with the state to appeal that decision.

However, money currently tied up in congress could change that and allow the city to hire residents to do those deliveries.

"We want Flint residents to do this," Mayor Karen Weaver said.

If there's a silver lining that is coming from the Flint water crisis, it's that it continues to create new jobs for city residents. As part of the city's community outreach program, the city will be hiring more than 100 workers to deliver water and replace water filters throughout the city.

"When people are coming door to door and talking about how to properly install filters and how to do the follow up, we want these to be Flint residents to get these jobs. Because these are going to be really, really good paying jobs and they will range from $12 to $15 an hour," Weaver said.

She said the city is facing big challenges thanks to the water crisis and the lack of money to fix it. She said adding jobs are part of healing a city that operates with an injury every day.

"We know that members of the community need to be part of healing the community. That's why I believe that it is so important. It is crucial that Flint residents play an important role in the recovery and the rebuilding of our city," Weaver said.

City leaders said so far more than 800 residents have been hired to help with the water crisis in some form. They said getting residents jobs is a short term solution with the long term plan of helping Flint families.

"We know we have a crisis now. We're here to help and we're committed to that. But we want to make sure that this not only is for today, but for tomorrow as well and going into the future," said Wanda Stokes, director of talent investment.

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