The monthlies: a mom’s monthly budget gymnastics drives her daughter’s monthly giving

Donor stories

“Water is something you need every day. Just to take a bath. To cook. You NEED it. You can’t go without it. The fact that there are people out there who literally do not have it drives me crazy. I think of my mom.”
— Tap member/monthly donor Ayori Selassie

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No Whistleblower Protection from your Landlord

People stories

Recipient Story: Your donations make what seems impossible, possible: a Detroit woman is able to move her family into their new home....

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A Note of Thanks

People stories, The Work

Sometimes the team at The Human Utility gets a gift from someone who's gotten help with their water bill......

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We All Go Up

Donor stories

André Blackman, CEO of Onboard Health, shares his passion for public health and why he contributes to water bills every month through The Human Utility.

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Sweatermageddon

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Donor Story: Sometimes, a holiday sweater is more than a sweater This is the story of a $2600 sweater. Late in 2017, a team of engineers,...

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Do These Pants Make my Arrears Look Big?

People stories, Public policy

Recipient Story: A Utility’s Offer of Help Overpromises, Under-delivers Leslie, a Detroit area grandmother whose water service you...

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What Hurricane Katrina, Flint, Newark, and Detroit All Have In Common

Commentary

What do Hurricane Katrina, Flint, Newark, and Detroit all have in common?

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The Two Job Problem

Commentary, Public policy

I have no idea who Ben Shapiro is or why he seems to pop up on my Twitter timeline from time to time. But, there’s a video of him saying,...

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On Five Years of Paying Detroit’s Water Bills

Commentary, Public policy, The Work

We've become experts on the water affordability crisis in Detroit. We explain why people need help with their water bills and the broader,...

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Water Affordability in the United States is a Women’s Issue

Commentary, Public policy

Who is more likely to find water unaffordable? Women.

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