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Jackson City Council Meeting.  Jackson residents wanting to have their insights known on housing needs have an upcoming opportunity to share them with the City Council. At the Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 City Council virtual meeting, a public hearing will be held to provide residents with an opportunity to identify housing and community development needs in the City.  The City encourages residents, especially low and moderate-income people, protected classes and people with disabilities, to participate in the hearing and submit comments so officials can get a full understanding of housing concerns in Jackson. All comments received during the hearing will be summarized in the 2021-22 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan. CDBG funds, which come from the federal government, are allocated by the City Council every year to fund various housing and community improvement projects.

Written comments may be submitted to the email citizencomments@cityofjackson.org by 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2021. The City Clerk will read the comments into the record during the hearing. Residents may participate in the hearing by watching a live broadcast of the virtual meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m., on Comcast Cable Channel 21, the City website, and the City Facebook page.  For additional information regarding the public hearing or to submit additional comments, residents are asked to please contact Michelle Pultz-Orthaus, Grant Coordinator, at mpultz@cityofjackson.org.

Red Cross Blood Drives.  The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage. Right now, more donors are needed to help hospital patients.  During this critical time, the Red Cross and NFL are thrilled to offer all those who come to donate an opportunity to receive a special thank you this month. Those who come to donate blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.* In addition, those who come to give January 1-20, will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package for an awesome viewing experience safely at home, with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.**  Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood today with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULE 

1/25/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., FOE 301, 301 Detroit St

1/27/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Jackson College, 2111 Emmons Rd

1/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan

1/29/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Concord United Methodist Church, 119 S. Main Street

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