Helping Detroit homeowners apply for property tax exemption

October 7th, 2018
Fareed (right) works with Kathy Ralston, home preservation coach at Southwest Solutions, to apply for the Detroit Property Tax Exemption. Fareed came to Southwest Solutions' monthly workshop on October 5 at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center. "I've fallen behind on my taxes because of a series of hardships, including health problems, an accident, and being the victim of a debt-relief scam," Fareed said. "I'm desperately trying to save my home."

Southwest Solutions has begun monthly workshops to help Detroit homeowners, who are struggling to pay their property taxes, apply for the property tax exemption for the current year. The workshops are part of a citywide effort sponsored by Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund. Twenty community-based organizations are participating in the effort to assist residents at risk of tax foreclosure.

In Detroit, more than 60,000 homeowners are behind on their property taxes. Many may be eligible for a full or partial property tax exemption because of low household income or financial hardship.

“There is a tremendous gap between those who may qualify for the exemption and those who actually apply for it,” said Kathy Ralston, home preservation coach at Southwest Solutions. “The workshops are a key part of the strategy to address this gap and keep families in their homes.”

The next Southwest Solutions workshop is on Friday, November 9 from 9AM to 1PM at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at 2826 Bagley. Homeowners seeking assistance must bring certain documents required for the exemption application. See the flyer to learn more.

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