Better implementation of state law could improve housing stability for Detroit homeowners

Increasing awareness of a program designed to prevent foreclosure among low-income homeowners in Detroit and making the application process easier are among the recommendations to help residents stay in their homes, according to a new University of Michigan report.

The report examines ways state and local governments can improve the implementation of a Michigan state law known as the poverty tax exemption, and Detroit’s version of the of the policy, the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program.

The report was part of a project supported by U-M’s Poverty Solutions initiative and the Detroit Urban Research Center.

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