U-M works with nonprofit to help Detroit homeowners avoid foreclosure

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Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their homes to property tax foreclosure are not tapping into a fund that could save them.

The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Poverty Solutions initiative are working with the United Community Housing Coalition, a nonprofit in Detroit, to raise awareness about a program that can reduce property taxes for low-income residents.

More than a quarter of homes in Detroit have been foreclosed for tax delinquency and auctioned off by the Wayne County Treasurer. The city’s Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program can help reduce property taxes for those living at or near the poverty level.

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