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To: Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz
Stop the eviction of 100,000 Detroit residents
We, the undersigned concerned residents and supporters, urge our elected Wayne County Treasurer to (1) act now to pull occupied homes from the foreclosure rolls, 2) ensure all vacant properties are utilized to serve local residents and not given or sold to speculators, and 3) provide occupants opportunities to stay in their home and benefit from the new tax cap law prior to facing foreclosure.
Why is this important?
My name is Linda Campbell and I'm working with the Detroit Tax Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce to stop foreclosures in Detroit because I believe that Detroiters are what makes this city worth fighting for.
The Detroit Tax Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce is a collection of local organizations and impacted residents that have united to protect the heart and soul of Detroit—our residents—from needlessly aggressive and often unjust tax foreclosures. We have talked to hundreds of residents—our families, constituents, and friends—who want and deserve to continue to call Detroit their home.
Wayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is reportedly preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in U.S. history in one city at one time – and Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.
One of the Detroiters I've worked with is Emma Cook. Emma moved to the city in 1981, and her husband fixed their house up with his bare hands. Her street used to be home to 20 families – but now there are just five households remaining due to foreclosures. Her neighborhood now lacks streetlights and most city services – and Emma has told me that she feels abandoned by the City of Detroit and Wayne County.
Many Detroiters, including Mrs. Cook, are now at risk of being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.
Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes.
Since the 1950s, Detroit’s population has already declined from 1.8 million to less than 700,000. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by nearly 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced. Please sign my petition to help build pressure on Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz not to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes in the Detroit area.
See this LA Times article for more information:
What is the Detroit Tax Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce
The Detroit Tax Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce is a collection of local organizations and impacted residents that have united to protect the heart and soul of Detroit—our residents—from needlessly aggressive and often unjust tax foreclosures. We have talked to hundreds of residents—our families, constituents, and friends—who want and deserve to continue to call Detroit their home. We are committed prevailing on the Wayne County Treasurer to stop the largest tax foreclosure on a single day in US history and building power with residents around a larger movement for residents’ rights to stay in their homes, receive better city services, and enjoy vibrant neighborhoods without displacement. Member organizations include: Detroit People’s Platform, Moratorium NOW!, Detroit Eviction Defense, Historic Russell Woods Association, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.