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The Sixth Annual Flint Water Festival

KT Kanazawich | Flint Beat

The sixth annual Flint Water Festival took place over the holiday weekend, bringing out people of all ages to enjoy food, games, and fireworks. The event was a chance to bring the community together and raise funds and awareness about clean water in the city. 

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No one injured in Buckham Alley fire, investigation pending

Flint, MI—The Flint Fire Department got the call for a fire on the 500 block of Buckham Alley around 4 p.m. today. By the time they arrived, there was black smoke coming out of the second story window, adjacent to the Torch Bar and Grill, and directly above artist Tim Kranz’s studio. “I’m just hoping […]

Gov. Whitmer visits Flint, announces ‘game-changing’ $100m investment in affordable housing

Flint, MI—From a small auditorium inside Coolidge Park Apartments—a former Flint elementary school turned apartment complex—Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued an ongoing press tour regarding her proposal to add $100 million in state investment to the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund. “Affordable, attainable housing is inextricably linked to the safety and well being of Michiganders,” […]

Flint’s new Workforce Development Program helps ‘eliminate employment barriers’

Flint, MI—Mayor Sheldon Neeley recently announced a new Workforce Development Program to “eliminate employment barriers” for the city’s workers. The program will be administered by the United Way of Genesee County and is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation. It includes the potential of financial support for Flint’s employees alongside an array of […]

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Watch Flint artists and makers demonstrate their crafts at Factory Two event

Flint, MI—Learn about guitar making, how to create onstage illusions, and the art of stained glass at Factory Two’s Night at the Makerspace event July 20.  The community makerspace is set to host ten artists who will show off various crafting techniques. Tours of Factory Two will also be available to attendees.  Josh Ellingson, an […]

Community Fun Day at Hasselbring Park June 5

Flint, MI– The Friends of Hasselbring Park are hosting a Community Fun Day June 5. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can come out to Hasselbring Park for free food, music, and fun. The event is sponsored by the Hamilton Community Health Network Illuminating Community Chance Safety Project, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, the Community […]

PorchFest and First Fridays return to Flint, bringing summer music and art

Flint, MI—The city’s second annual PorchFest and First Fridays will kick off June 4, ushering in the summer months by celebrating Flint businesses and artists. Hosted by What’s Up Downtown, PorchFest is a series of live performances featuring local musicians, from the porches of different homes in the city. It was first introduced in a […]


Mott Foundation grants nearly $200k to support Flint neighborhood projects

Flint, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted a total of $192,007 to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub (NEH) to coordinate neighborhood cleanups and hire young people to assist with the work.  Mott announced in August that it would fully fund seven neighborhood projects and partially fund an eighth project — for a total […]

EPA to provide Flint update in virtual press conference Dec. 7

Flint, MI — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede will be joined by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and other local officials at a virtual press conference on Monday to provide an update about the city’s drinking water system. Details When: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Dec. 7  Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365117936; or call-in: […]

City of Flint launches major push to Be Counted as Census deadline approaches

FLINT, Mich. — With just 20 days remaining to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Flint is coordinating a major push to encourage residents to BE COUNTED. A full count of Flint residents equates to approximately $3 billion in funding for Flint-area programs and services. That’s $300 million each of the next 10 years […]

United Way receives grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for conversations on race, racism, and change

Flint, MI — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded $8,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, on behalf of Community Roots, for the Courageous Conversations on Race, Racism, and Radical Change project. The grant will allow Community Roots to facilitate four community conversations that aim to engage residents of Flint and Genesee County […]

Flint Water Crisis

McLaren may reduce contribution to Flint water settlement

Flint, MI– McLaren Regional Medical Center may be reducing their contributions to the $641.25 million Flint water lawsuit settlement nearly a year after joining. The State of Michigan announced the settlement in August of last year. In November of last year, the City of Flint, Rowe Engineering, and McLaren Hospital joined the agreement which would […]

Flint residents have three days left to sign up for free service line replacement

Flint, MI– The deadline to sign up for the City of Flint’s Service Line Replacement program is this Friday, July 23.  The program is free, but you must sign up for it. You can sign up by calling 810-410-1132, emailing GetTheLeadOut@cityofflint.com, or by visiting the city’s website. You can also sign up by mail, at […]

‘You’ve already crushed me’: Flint residents protest attorney fees in water lawsuit

Flint, MI—Pastor Alfred Harris was among several protestors speaking out against the money attorneys stand to make from the $641.25 million Flint water crisis lawsuit settlement. “You’ve already crushed me, you’ve already disrespected me, you’ve already killed me, and now you want me to pay the people who murdered me,” he said. Harris joined protestors […]


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