Lansing’s 2021 State of the City Address

The mayor described Lansing as a “proudly diverse city.”

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how the city is responding to it was the focus of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s State of the City address.

The Feb. 3 speech highlighted the successful teamwork of community partners in managing the city during the pandemic, and Schor called for federal legislators to clear a path for stimulus funds for cities.

The mayor described Lansing as a “proudly diverse city,” adding that city leaders were evaluating processes and policies impacting people of color. He described his work with Police Chief Daryl Green to improve police interactions with the public and cited actions taken by the Mayor’s Racial Justice and Equity Alliance, creation of the Lansing Racial Justice and Equity Plan, and the training of city staff on implicit bias.

Included in the city’s plans are the One Lansing Fund — which helps residents pay for rent, mortgages and food — and the Lansing CARES Small Business Assistance Program to help businesses remain viable.

The Sparrow Advantage

Schor reported the addition of $780,000 to prevent homelessness through a program offered in tandem with the Capital Area Housing Partnership. The funds will help eligible residents cover rent and mortgage payments for up to three months. Other resources, such as the website Managing Your Finances During COVID-19 and the 3-1-1 initiative One Call to City Hall that helps with nonemergency city service issues, were also outlined.

For information on the Lansing CARES Small Business Assistance Program, including how to apply, visit lansingmi.gov/2008/Lansing-Small-Business-Recovery-Program.

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