(CBS DETROIT) – An important deadline is approaching for Detroit owners.
Property taxes are due March 31st and Detroit City Council member Mary Waters is working to help as many homeowners as possible retain their property by enrolling in the Hope program.
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“A claim for an exemption, a property tax exemption, so that means you have to meet a certain income threshold to qualify for that particular exemption,” Waters said.
The council member told CW50 that 2,000 Detroit homeowners need to be seized.
“Under these circumstances, there are only thousands and thousands of Detroiters who actually qualify but just haven’t completed the paperwork, either one because they don’t know it, or two it’s intimidating. Waters explained.
Waters runs clinics to help residents complete the Hope Application to help eligible homeowners avoid foreclosure.
“The original deadline to complete the Hope Application was March 14andhowever, the Wayne County Treasurer has decided to extend this deadline to March 31st“, Waters said.
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Tenants can also benefit by enrolling in the Make It My Home program.
It allows tenants to become owners of the property they live in if the landlord is in default.
“If that landlord has not paid those property taxes, the tenant gets first priority, first right of refusal for that property,” Waters said.
The next Hope Application Clinic will be on March 19and at the Parkman Library on Oakman from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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