Flint Registry eager to help residents navigate water crisis

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FLINT (WJRT) (4/23/2019) - "Really just call! We're there, waiting by the phone for your call. So just call it. And we're happy to talk if you need to talk," Kiaya Geohagan said.

Members of the Flint Registry team are a listening ear.

"They need to tell their story, they need to vent; and I understand, because we all went through this together," she added.

And Geohagan explained, from their conversation, they'll get the person the help they need.

That's why she became an interviewer and data collector for the Flint Registry.

"There's a lot of resources that people don't know about for whatever reason. And, after what we went through, you know, we should be taking advantage of everything we can," she said.

Once you call and fill out a 45-minute survey, they work to connect you to programs you're eligible for. That could be for home lead abatement, mental health, dental services... The list is long.

"Then those programs will contact you and make sure you are getting your health and getting the resources," Communications Manager Ebony Stith said.

Enrollment began in January. Stith said so far, more than 6,000 people have signed up.

But, she knows about 150,000 people lived, worked or went to school in Flint from April 25,2014 to October 15, 2015. Those dates reflect the day of the water source switch to the Flint River to the day it changed back.

"We know that with the information we're gonna gather, we're gonna push that information back out. So people know okay we can advocate for more resources," Stith added.

To help get the community enrolled, there is a Recovery Day event this Thursday.

They'll be at 5 locations across the City. Check the sidebar and 'Related Links' section of this story for more details.