Outreach Efforts Have Reduced Tax-Foreclosures in Detroit, Officials Say

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Outreach Efforts Have Reduced Tax-Foreclosures in Detroit, Officials Say

More than 36,000 residents in Wayne County, primarily in Detroit, are now on a repayment plan, Sabree said.

Officials presented the numbers in a press conference Tuesday as the county's annual foreclosure auction approaches conclusion, and criticism abounds over the ongoing foreclosure crisis in Detroit's poorest neighborhoods.

"It's great to be on a payment plan", Evans said.

"In 2014, Detroit was looking at a tsunami of tax foreclosures", Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said. He says the number of tax-foreclosures in Detroit hasn't been this low since 2008.

- After thousands of Detroit families lost their homes to tax foreclosure in the past few years, officials announced Tuesday those foreclosures are down almost 99 percent.

Many Detroit homeowners, and even renters, don't know there are two different kinds of foreclosure.

"We've got an advantage of a housing market that's relatively cheap compared to the rest of the country, but we want people to be able to pay for those houses", said Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

Officials said there were 768 tax foreclosures of owner-occupied homes in Detroit, down from 6,408 in 2015. "We need to make landlords pay their taxes".

The ACLU of MI has filed a lawsuit claiming thousands of people wrongly lost their homes because their property assessments were inflated, resulting in being charged for taxes they didn't actually owe. Tanks said she and her kids moved into the rental house in January and the county's foreclosure notice arrived in April.

Detroit ended its last two fiscal year with balanced budgets, putting the city on the path to terminating post-bankruptcy state oversight next year.

That's the program Duggan said needs to change, and he can point to exactly how it's improving.

Denise Tanks, 30, is in a program with United Community House Coalition to buy a two-family flat in which she and her two children live on Euclid Avenue on the city's west side.

"I still paid my rent as I was advised to do, but she immediately tried to put me out, even though I was paying my rent on time", Tenks said.

"I heard from neighbors she's been doing this for 10 years", Tanks said.

That's when Tanks says the Housing Commission, a non-profit that works with the city, knocked on her door, asking if she'd like to become the home's new owner.

"I was invested in the home". "We needed this home".

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