How a Leaky Toilet Broke Up a Family — And How It’s Being Put Back Together

“I just started crying and I couldn’t stop crying.” — Patricia G.

Patricia G., a 57-year-old Detroit resident, was overcome with emotion. She’d just gotten the phone call letting her know The Human Utility paid $750 toward her water bill. Patricia was getting her water turned back on.

Patricia’s granddaughter (5) Ja’Lieyah.



Notes from The Human Utility's work to ensure dignity for everyone, everyday.

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Tiffani Ashley Bell

Founder & Executive Director at The @HumanUtility. @HowardU @ycombinator alumna. HKS Fellow. Investor. In 2021, at @StanfordGSB. Water is a human right.