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We have compiled this newsletter to provide you with the latest updates in local transit. Included is a timeline of recent transit history and a breakdown of Proposal One, a bill that among many changes will raise additional funds for public transit.

-We at the People’s Platform, in partnership with North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) seek a just transportation system that is respectful of and accessible to all transit riders; our current system does not reflect this commitment.

– Public transit is crucial piece of the public commons; it is a public good, paid for with public dollars. The benefits of transit investments must be broadly shared by the public.

-Since 2010, 30% of DDOT’s services have been cut. These cuts are hurting Detroit households and result in job loss and lack of access to medical facilities and schools. These cuts further isolate many Detroit neighborhoods, thus creating two Detroits.

-It is our duty to advocate for a just system and hold our leaders acountable to providing fair, accessible, and afford- able transit options for all Detroiters.

Are you are passionate about improving our public bus system, organizing your community in demanding accountability and changes, or just simply passionate about public transit and the wide benefits it provides?

We at Detroit People’s Platform, in partnership with NEWCC,
NEED YOU and YOUR VOICE! We need all community voices involved, as there are many changes heading our way. Keep Detroit in the conversation!

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Update: Wayne County Extends Foreclosure Deadline – Council Resolution and VIDEO: Prayer Vigil

April 1, 2015

Detroit People’s Platform Members and Supporters,

Yesterday, March 31st, The Detroit News announced “Wayne County extends foreclosure deadline to May 12.”

While we recognize this as an opportunity for more people to stay in their homes, this is not the victory that Detroit People’s Platform and many other advocates are fighting for, which is a one year moratorium on all tax foreclosures of occupied homes.

Yesterday. Detroit City Council also passed a resolution on the tax foreclosure crisis after residents and community groups rallied and spoke out about the crisis. The Councils’ Resolution can be read here.

More: Detroiters Working to Keep Families in their Homes Pack Council Meeting

Yesterday’s action by the Wayne County Treasurer may provide relief for some families who were unable to make the March 31st deadline, however it does not meet the demands that we and other advocates have called for including:

  • That a halt be placed on all Tax Foreclosures for a minimum of one year.
  • That the City Assessors complete their lawful duties and responsibilities, reassess all property values and roll back property tax debt of owner/occupants to compensate for City’s failure to properly and fairly “reassess” property taxes. Establish a fair and simplified tax assessment process and year-round application for tax reassessment.
  • Remove all tax liens for past-due water bills.
We will continue to stand in solidarity with Detroiters and fight for a moratorium on the unfair and unjust tax foreclosures. Please stay tuned for opportunities to engage in future actions from the Detroit People’s Platform as we move into the second phase of our Detroit Homes for All Campaign. 

VIDEO: Prayer Vigil for Those About to Lose Their Homes

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“We call on all people of faith and of compassion to join together with us in solidarity to lift up those who face foreclosure and that our elected officials find the wisdom in and take action on our demands.

People’s Platform Members and Supporters,

We deeply thank you for answering the call and joining us this evening. We recognize your commitment to this issue by your presence and also your trust in doing so without knowing all of the details.

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families. As of today, the Treasurer has not done that which is fully in his power, to stop the foreclosures.

Our intention, with your support is to peaceably and respectfully visit the home and neighborhood of Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz.  At the staging we will share the Prayer Vigil Agreements and the details for arrival and departure.

It is also our intention that this vigil passionately address Raymond Wojtowicz, the human being, not the elected official, so that he may be visited by our prayers, thoughts and wisdom through the night, that he may awaken to his power with the morning and take action on our demands and stop the foreclosure on occupied homes, on our families, on his neighbors.

When we wake we invite you to join us in our call for a National Day of Outrage and with those who will take action in the streets Downtown.

In Solidarity and Gratitude,
The Detroit People’s Platform Team

Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families. As of today, the Treasurer has not done that which is fully in his power, to stop the foreclosures.

IMG_1510To build community trust and unity of expression and intent, vigil agreements we proposed and accepted when those participating staged the action at Eastern Market. The location of the vigil, the Wayne County Treasurers home, was not announced publicly until the participants began to get on the bus.

IMG_1533Denise Kennedy, of the Princeton Street Block Club and Rev Joan Ross of the Equitable Detroit Coalition attempt to deliver thousands of petitions to Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history. The woman who answered the door refused to accept the petitions and told Mrs Kennedy and Rev Ross to get off the porch.

IMG_1540Last night 50 Detroiters and Wayne County residents visited the home of Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history.

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Breaking! Wayne County extends foreclosure deadline to May 12

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/03/31/wayne-county-property-tax-deadline/70722084/

Wayne County extends foreclosure deadline to May 12

Detroit — Wayne County Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz announced Tuesday afternoon he’s extending the deadline to May 12 for homeowners to pay their delinquent taxes and avoid foreclosure.

The move comes the same day the Detroit City Council passed a resolution urging his office to enact a moratorium members said would create more time for legislative steps aimed at tax relief.

Hundreds of property owners packed the treasurer’s offices Tuesday, which officials had said was the deadline to pay and avoid losing their homes. Those living in homes they own now have until May 12 to pay. Foreclosed properties are auctioned in the fall.

“We continue to do all we can to help taxpayers avoid foreclosure,” Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon. “This is one step to make sure people can access the new programs granted by the legislature to reduce interest and save their homes.”

Recent legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder allows the treasurer to lower interest on debt from 18 percent to 6 percent for many homeowners. In many instances, homeowners can have taxes capped at a quarter of the market value of the home.

Wojtowicz is pursuing a record number of foreclosures this year, but his staff has said halting the process would only allow people to get further behind.

In June, the office started the foreclosure process on nearly 75,000 properties, the vast majority in Detroit. But as of mid-March, half of those property owners had paid or were in payment plans or other programs.

Of the remaining 38,000 facing foreclosure, about 16,000 are estimated to be occupied, Szymanski said. He expected that number to dwindle further after Tuesday.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also announced Tuesday afternoon a new effort to give homeowners some relief on 2015 taxes.

The city will waive interest and penalties on 2015 taxes for homeowners in a county payment plan that reduced their interest rate, as long as they pay 2015 taxes by February 2016.

“It is my desire to encourage responsible home ownership in Detroit and to support taxpayers in remaining compliant with Treasurer Wojtowicz’s payment plans,” Duggan said in a release.

Nonprofits, the treasurer and other groups held numerous workshops over the past few months to get homeowners into payment plans to avoid foreclosure.

Around noon Tuesday outside the treasurer’s Greektown offices, a couple of dozen protesters held signs and chanted. Activists also picketed Wojtowicz’s home Monday night.

Surquetta Morgan, 38, showed up Tuesday in hopes of preventing her foreclosure. She said her husband recently died and she is worried about losing the home they shared for 17 years over her estimated $4,000 tax debt. She said if she’s homeless, she’s scared protective services will come for her two small children.

“I am worried my house is going to get taken. My kids are going to get taken,” Morgan said. “I am just praying.”

Housing advocates argued there wasn’t enough time to help everyone and pressed for a temporary halt on the foreclosures.

“This is a state of emergency,” Abayomi Azikiwe, of the Moratorium Now coalition of groups working to stop foreclosures, told the Wayne County Commission in March. “Ten thousand people could be removed from their homes if something isn’t done.”

Szymanski called that a “tremendous exaggeration.” The county doesn’t evict homeowners, he said, adding he’s “cautiously optimistic” most owner-occupants will be able to remain in their homes.

“We want people to stay in their homes,” he said. “If they can’t afford payments, go ahead and don’t pay taxes until the auction. You are living there rent-free. Hopefully, the new owner can say ‘Hey, do you want to rent from me’ and there will be an orderly transition.”

The foreclosures are a record. Last year, the county had 23,303, up from 18,771 in 2013 and 20,062 in 2012. Szymanski said most foreclosed properties are abandoned and there is no good argument to allow people who don’t pay taxes to avoid foreclosure.

“The property receives government services — streetlights, police and fire protection, local schools and trash,” he said. “If you don’t pay your taxes, your neighbor is subsidizing you.”

Advocates argue that foreclosure leads to blight, which costs residents millions to clean up. They also are concerned that poor, old people will lose their homes.

“You are never going to stop the blight until you stop the foreclosures,” said Dawn DeRose, a social worker who volunteers with Detroit Eviction Defense. “What kind of government are we having here in Detroit if you turn 80-year-olds out of their home?’

The council wanted time to advocate for changes in Lansing that would allow the city more time to grant poverty exemptions and review property tax appeals.

“The city’s prosperity in its post-bankruptcy world, and in fact, its survival, depends on population and community economic growth — the very opposite of the demise of existing neighborhoods,” the resolution passed Tuesday read.

Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families. As of today, the Treasurer has not done that which is fully in his power, to stop the foreclosures.

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To build community trust and unity of expression and intent, vigil agreements we proposed and accepted when those participating staged the action at Eastern Market. The location of the vigil, the Wayne County Treasurers home, was not announced publicly until the participants began to get on the bus.

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Denise Kennedy, of the Princeton Street Block Club and Rev Joan Ross of the Equitable Detroit Coalition attempt to deliver thousands of petitions to Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history. The woman who answered the door refused to accept the petitions and told Mrs Kennedy and Rev Ross to get off the porch.

IMG_1540Last night 50 Detroiters and Wayne County residents visited the home of Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history.

IMG_1566Today, Tuesday March 31st, Join Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters in our Call for National Outrage!

People from around the country are flooding Detroit Mayor Duggan’s office with calls, messages and on social media demand he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills. They are also be calling, messaging and addressing Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz (Voy Toe Vich) on social media to demand that he stop the displacement of families in the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

Mayor Duggan
(313) 224-3400
emailmayorduggan@detroitmi.gov
@MayorMikeDuggan

Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz
(313) 224-5990
taxinfo@waynecounty.com
@waynecountymi

#PeoplesPlatform #OurCity

Action Alert: Monday 6pm Prayer Vigil for Those About to Lose Their Homes

Tax Foreclosure Action Alert

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Monday, 6pm Prayer Vigil for those about to lose their homes.
The details of the vigil’s location will be released Monday at noon through social media and the People’s Platform Hotline, 313.338.9396.

Tuesday, National Action to contact Mayor Duggan (313) 224-3400 to demand he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills and Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz (313) 224-5990 to demand that he stop the displacement of families in the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

#PeoplesVigil #ForeclosureStop #OurCity

Detroit families, housing advocates, are taking back our city on Monday, demanding Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Raymond J. Wojtowicz halt the tax foreclosure on 37,000 families

People’s Platform Members and Supporters,

On Monday, March 30th at 6pm Detroit and Wayne County residents affected by tax foreclosure, along with Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters will hold a prayer vigil for those facing eviction and displacement from their homes. We call on all people of faith and of compassion to join together with us in solidarity to lift up those who face foreclosure and for our elected officials to find the wisdom in and take action on our demands. The details of the action will be shared the morning of the vigil through social media and the People’s Platform Hotline, 313.338.9396.

On Tuesday, March 31st, in addition to actions on the streets of Detroit, People’s Platform Members and supporters with lead a campaign with national partners Right To The City to call Mayor Duggan and demand that he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills and Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz demanding that he stop the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families.

Updates:

Last Thursday, March 25th, residents being foreclosed on, members of the Detroit People’s Platform and other housing advocates met with Chief Deputy Treasurer Dave Szymanski in an effort to keep Detro­iters in their homes.  The group delivered thousands of petitions generated both nationally by the Right to the City Alliance and locally by the Detroit People’s Platform and allied organizations. The delegation delivered a set of demands that include a halt to tax foreclosures.

Last Tuesday, March 23rd, residents packed Detroit City Council meeting with testimony from families threatened with foreclosure as well as some who had already lost their homes. Council Member Castañeda-López requested a Detroit City Council Resolution on the Foreclosure Crisis on Monday.  Only days before the March 31st deadline, the Council is expected to pass their resolution.

Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are 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. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

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Detroiters Working to Keep Families in their Homes Pack Council Meeting

News from The People’s Platform

Detroiters Working to Keep Families in their Homes Pack Council Meeting
Almost one sixth of population could be kicked out of their homes

DETROIT – Members of the Detroit People’s Platform were among those that packed a Detroit City Council meeting to support a resolution for a moratorium on home tax foreclosures in Detroit.  March 31 could mark the day that Detroit sets the record for the largest number of tax foreclosures in US History on a single day. About 100,000 people could be forced from their homes because of tax foreclosures from Wayne County. Families threatened with losing their homes because of their Wayne County tax bill were among many that spoke out at the Council meeting.

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Platform Members and supporters at City Council Meeting to present a People’s Resolution, Petition Signatures and public comment on the Mass Tax Foreclosure planned next week in Detroit. Photo Credit detroitcommunicator.com

The Detroit People’s Platform turned in thousands of petition signatures from people calling for a moratorium on foreclosure. Platform members also read a People’s Resolution to Stop the Foreclosures that shared the demands of impacted residents, community groups and the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM), Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC), Storehouse of Hope, North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), and the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

“Detroit families have added keeping their homes to list of struggles people are facing every day such as water shut offs and poor public transportation,” said Linda Campbell of the Detroit People’s Platform. “It is essential that the Detroit City Council join with their constituents to hold this city together. We can’t tolerate thousands of hard working people becoming homeless.”

"PUBLIC COMMENT: THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM... STOP THE FORECLOSURE" Linda Campbell, Building Movement, Detroit People's Platform reads a People's Resolution into the public record and presents thousands of signatires to Detroit City Council, March 24, 2015 Photo Credit: Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones Facebook Page
“PUBLIC COMMENT: THE PEOPLE’S PLATFORM… STOP THE FORECLOSURE” Linda Campbell, Building Movement, Detroit People’s Platform reads a People’s Resolution into the public record and presents thousands of signatures to Detroit City Council, March 24, 2015 Photo Credit: Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones Facebook Page

Those working to keep Wayne County tax foreclosures from creating yet another crisis in the city are asking for a moratorium on foreclosures to allow newly enacted safeguards to kick in. Council Member Castañeda-López put forth for a Council Resolution of the Foreclosure Crisis on Monday, March 24 and it is currently being prepared. Council will vote on the resolution this week.

“We have new tax laws that haven’t had time to work and we know property in Detroit has been over-assessed resulting in unfair tax bills,” said Aaron Handelsman of the Detroit People’s Platform. “It’s really only fair that the new laws and fair values be used before thousands are summarily ejected from their homes.”

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“PUBLIC COMMENT: the Detroit People’s Platform…. That a halt be placed on all Tax Foreclosures for a one year, remove all tax liens for past due water bills, pass a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that insures pair and equitable development and Promote Housing Security by enacting a Community Land Trust policy and redefining Neighborhood Affordability to reflect the economic reality of low income communities.” Aaron Handelsman, Detroit People’s Platform reads a People’s Resolution into the public record at Detroit City Council, March 24, 2015 Photo Credit: Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones Facebook Page

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Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are 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. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

People’s Resolution To STOP THE FORECLOSURES

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People’s Resolution To
STOP THE FORECLOSURES

Whereas: We, the Detroit People’s Platform, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM), Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC), Storehouse of Hope, North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and citizens of the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan do hereby demand that a halt be placed on all resident occupied Tax Foreclosures for a minimum of one year to allow our elected city, county and state officials to develop a comprehensive plan to address this extraordinary and devastating crisis.

Whereas: Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States.

Whereas: Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population.

Whereas: Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Whereas: Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families.

Whereas: Detroit People’s Platform and our allies have collected thousands of signatures from across the city, county, state, and nation from people who support these demands.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT We, the Detroit People’s Platform, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM), Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC), Storehouse of Hope, North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and citizens of the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan do hereby submit our demands for action by way of our elected representatives.

We, the People, Demand:

  • That a halt be placed on all Tax Foreclosures for a minimum of one year.
  • That the City Assessors complete their lawful duties and responsibilities, reassess all property values and roll back property tax debt of owner/occupants to compensate for City’s failure to properly and fairly “reassess” property taxes. Establish a fair and simplified tax assessment process and year-round application for tax reassessment.
  • Remove all tax liens for past-due water bills.
  • Pass a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that insures fair and equitable development.
  • Promote Housing Security by enacting a Community Land Trust policy and redefining Neighborhood Affordability to reflect the economic reality of low- income communities.

We, the Detroit People’s Platform, do hereby submit this Resolution to Detroit City Council on the 24th day of March 2015.

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Urgent Residents Meeting, Mon. 5pm – City Council Action: Tues, 9am CAYMC

ActionAlertHeaderMarch 20th, 2015

Are you facing Tax Foreclosure? Please join with us next Monday!
Residents Meeting
Monday, March 23rd
— 5-7pm Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
The purpose of the event is bring together people who are most directly impacted by the Wayne County tax foreclosures to tell their stories and to give them an opportunity to participate in collective actions designed to halt the tax foreclosure crisis so that we can all stay in our homes. We will prepare testimonies for City Council, discuss the broader movement, gather stories of and about our homes and neighborhoods, make signs and art for the week’s actions. Homeowners please bring photos of your house!

Action: Share public comment at City Council
TUESDAY MARCH 24th CAYMC

Tuesday, March 24th – Join us early at 9am on the 13th floor of the CAYMC for public comments at the 10am City Council meeting. Residents will present personal stories, Detroit People’s Platform’s Resolution along with others will be read into the public record, and elected leaders will demand that the Wayne County Treasurer halt tax foreclosures.

Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are 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. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

 

EMERGENCY PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY, Sat. March 14th 1-4pm

Sat., March 14, 1 PM – Detroit

HELL NO, DETROITERS WON’T GO!
EMERGENCY PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
Saturday, March 14, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Christ Church
960 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit (at I-75, just east of downtown)

We will be planning direct action to save our communities!

Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions
from occupied homes.
End water shut-offs.
Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!
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This is a State of Emergency! Under Michigan law, the Mayor, County
Executive and Treasurer, and especially the Governor, have the
authority to stop all foreclosures and water shut-offs to stop this
disaster from taking place.

62,000 homes are scheduled for tax foreclosure on March 31, 2015.
37,000 are occupied homes.

In the meantime, Lansing is sitting on $220 Million of Hardest Hit
Homeowners funds, enough to pay all the delinquent property tax bills
of occupied homes, stop the foreclosures, and provide funds to restore
county and city services.

Instead these funds are being given to Dan Gilbert to tear down
homes, while the banks are completely left off the hook for the
destruction they caused.

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If your organization would like to endorse the Emergency People’s
Assembly, please email moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
<mailto:moratorium@moratorium-mi.org>
or call 248-470-0296.

To download leaflet, click here: Emergency People’s Assembly
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For more information contact: Moratorium Now Coalition –
http://moratorium-mi.org

Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
<mailto:moratorium@moratorium-mi.org>
– Phone 313-680-5508

Detroit Eviction Defense – detroitevictiondefense.org
<http://%20detroitevictiondefense.org>
– Phone 740-1073

Endorsed by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Eviction Defense,
Detroit People’s Platform

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Petition Alert! Stop 100,000 from Losing Their Homes in Detroit

ActionAlertHeaderMarch 13, 2015

100,000 Face Displacement in Detroit: Organize to Stop the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are 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. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

Detroit is facing a crisis of foreclosure on 37,000 occupied homes affecting close to 100,000 residents at serious risk of eviction. This decision will be made by March 31st, unless there is a massive outcry from both Detroit residents and the nation. This historic crisis represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Local Detroit organizations and activists, the Detroit People’s Platform and Right to the City Alliance, are launching a nationwide petition to seek support and show how blight is only growing in deindustrialized cities like Detroit in order to prepare for development plans that do not serve local residents, and instead, displace them.

* Supporting organizations include Detroit People’s Platform, Moratorium NOW!, Detroit Eviction Defense, Historic Russell Woods Association, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.