This administration, like previous administrations, has fought and fought and fought - often dishonestly - attempts to create an income-based rate structure for water customers in Detroit. Sometimes it's just very cynical. They refer to water assistance programs, which often run out of money, as water 'affordability.' So just the terminology they use is intended to deceive. Assistance programs are not affordability programs, they are not adequate.
Writer Curt Guyette on Michigan water politics during a pandemic, the toll of austerity and emergency management over a deindustrialized state, and his article The Fight for Affordable Water for ACLU Michigan.