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White House report details federal support to Detroit

Dec 3, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Obama Administration has detailed in a nearly 60-page report the federal government's role in Detroit's turnaround.

  The report was released Saturday and says a federal and local partnership started in 2011 used financial, technical and other support to help the city which emerged two years ago from the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy.

  Federal staff was assigned to City Hall to work with community, business and philanthropic leaders to identify resources to assist in Detroit's recovery.

  Financial help included more than $260 million in federal funds to demolish 6,000 vacant houses and a $25 million grant to improve Detroit's bus system.

  Housing and Urban Development also guaranteed construction or rehabilitation of more than 1,400 houses across the city.

  Technical assistance from the Energy Department helped install nearly 65,000 street lights.