Domestic violence calls surge during the COVID-19 pandemic
August 3, 2021
By Amanda Allie
Domestic violence calls continue to surge during the pandemic. National data shows an 8% increase, and Detroit is no exception. Detroit police received more than 1,300 reports of domestic violence between March 2020 and March 2021. Jefferson East, Inc., a neighborhood nonprofit that serves Detroit's east side -- and the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University,
teamed up in 2013 after learning that nearly 50% of aggravated assault cases in Detroit are classified as intimate partner violence or domestic violence. "Our advocates go to the survivors so we can meet in their home, their neighborhood, in a local coffee shop. Wherever they feel comfortable, we will meet." That's the promise from Kate Oleksiak, the Project Coordinator of the Community Advocacy Project at Wayne State University's Center for Urban Studies. Volunteers there are seeing double the survivors during the pandemic. At times, the surge created a struggle. "To the point where we had a waiting list of a survivors who were waiting for help," Oleksiak shared.
Historic floods fuel misery, rage in Detroit
July 27, 2021
By Hannah Northey
City officials have repeatedly pointed to climate change as the main culprit in last month’s flood, when Detroit was overwhelmed by as much as 8 inches of rain in less than 19 hours. Weather stations in and around Detroit set records for the most amount of rainfall within a 24-hour period during the storm, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands of basements were flooded, causing widespread damage and prompting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to declare a state of emergency. The White House has since issued a disaster declaration, freeing up federal funds. The storms offer a foreboding glimpse of Detroit’s new reality in a warming world: flooding intensified by high water levels on Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. And the floods have also churned up debate about the management of Detroit’s aging flood-control system and whether officials are taking steps to harden the system against what’s becoming a regular drumbeat of record-setting storms. Lyke Thompson, a professor of political science and director of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, agreed. “The people in the city that are better off live in neighborhoods that have better infrastructure for removing the water from the neighborhood,” Thompson said. “And whites left the city in droves decades ago, so most of the city of Detroit is occupied by people of color. So, if the city has a problem, they have a problem. And the city has a problem.” Detroit’s outer suburbs, he said, are on higher ground with newer infrastructure, while lower-lying neighborhoods experience flooding and leaks on a regular basis. Those same houses, he said, are getting “whammy after whammy because we’re having repeated 100-year floods, and the residents can’t cope with it.” Thompson and other researchers have documented those trends in a study that found recurrent residential flooding in Detroit is far more prevalent than previously thought, disproportionately affects Black residents and may contribute to a greater incidence of asthma. Of the 6,000 homes in Detroit surveyed, researchers found almost 43% had experienced flooding, and neighborhoods like Jefferson Chalmers are especially vulnerable.
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AmeriCorps grants to help combat opioid crisis, further urban safety initiatives
Wayne Newsroom, June 14th 2019
"Opioids now kill more people each year than car accidents, according to the National Safety Council.
In response to this public health crisis — and aided by a $152,676 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service — the AmeriCorps Community Training for Overdose Rescue (ACT) program will prepare community members in Southeast Michigan to take action during an overdose emergency to help save lives."
AmeriCorps, WSU join forces to help secure Detroit neighborhoods
Wayne Newsroom, January 9th 2019
"The four fresh-faced volunteers stroll onto the porch of the older house on Detroit’s west side and begin knocking on the door. A resident answers a moment later. Soon after that, the team is hard at work.
Wayne State University graduate students Morgan Rote and Sarah Monhollen conduct an interview with the resident and inspect the home for 15 possible safety hazards, including child lead poisoning, asthma risks and smoke detectors.
Charles Harris prepares to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors while the fourth team member, Ayne Jeilani, unwraps other equipment. After assessing the needs of the home, the team installs two smoke detectors, a carbon monoxide detector and a deadbolt lock."
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