Impacted by the Flint Water Crisis? Register here
FLINT, Mich. - It's patterned after a World Trade Center Registry in New York City.
MSU Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha says "it will be a vehicle for the people exposed to this crisis, to get connected, to get supported and to get counted".
The newly launched flintregistry.org will match anyone who was exposed to the Flint water crisis with resources.
A Flint mother of 5 says she's signing up.
Marie Harron, who brought her 3 month old baby Jayden to the news conference, says " I don't think it impacted Jayden, but it impacted my other kids who tested high for blood lead levels. Since then from utilizing the different programs and resources they have come down".
It will be housed on the 2nd floor of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in downtown Flint. It's funded by a $14 million federal grant and is expected to create about 20 new jobs.
As a singing group performed a song called, "We are Flint", a news conference was held announcing the beginning of the Flint registry.
The issue of trust came up. After the water crisis debacle, can people trust what authorities are telling them?
Dr. Mona added"they were betrayed by every single agency at every level of government that was supposed to protect them. But this is different. This is a project with Flint residents, Flint parents and children involved from the very onset".
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says "we don't want anyone to say that we fought for these resources and people aren't taking advantage of them".
About 150 thousand people are eligible.
Anyone who's been impacted in any way by the water crisis can pre-register here.