Program to keep Detroiters in their homes nearing deadline. Here’s how to apply.

A program to keep Detroiters in their homes is nearing a deadline for applications. 



a sign in front of a house: In Wayne County, 451 occupied homes are headed to the annual tax foreclosure auction in 2018. Some residents, like the occupants of this home – marked for auction in 2017 – post signs pleading with prospective buyers not to bid.


© Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press
In Wayne County, 451 occupied homes are headed to the annual tax foreclosure auction in 2018. Some residents, like the occupants of this home – marked for auction in 2017 – post signs pleading with prospective buyers not to bid.

The last day to apply for the city’s Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP), a property tax exemption for low-income homeowners, is Dec. 14. Residents can apply online, over the phone or even at the TCF Center in early December. 

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The city is encouraging residents to apply to the program as soon as possible. The Wayne County Treasurer’s office in March halted foreclosures through the end of the year. 

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