Homeowners owe property taxes to the City of Detroit each year. However, many cannot afford to pay. This places them at risk for property tax foreclosure.
Since 2008, more than 100,000 homes in Detroit have been foreclosed for unpaid property taxes. Foreclosure displaces residents and disrupts communities, fuels property vacancy, abandonment and blight, and drives down neighboring home values.
The Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) can help lower property tax burden and foreclosure-risk for low-income residents. However, only 10% of qualified owners access the HPTAP. With your help, we can change this.
Spread the word.
Information is power! Chances are, you know someone on your block who could benefit from this program. You can reach out directly to people you know. You can also help spread the word by distributing flyers or hanging up posters in your neighborhood.
Churches, rec centers, libraries, service organizations and other common spaces are excellent venues for this.
Connect people with resources.
Awareness alone does not guarantee access to the HPTAP. Many will need help completing the application. There are resources to assist with this. The HPTAP guide and video can walk people through the process of applying. Various organizations can provide direct assistance. You can direct people towards these resources.
Provide direct assistance.
Take it a step further! Don’t just direct people to resources, be the resource. Be the HPTAP ambassador for your block or neighborhood. Help people complete their application, turn it in, and re-apply each year. Be the change you want to see in your neighborhood.
Host a workshop.
Amplify your efforts by organizing an event in your community where people can seek easy-access to assistance. Help others become HPTAP experts, too. Together, we can build a network of support, 100% homegrown.
Check out this Train-the-Trainer Manual for more details.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training!