May 122015
 

Click here to download Community letter opposing tax foreclosures

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 May 12, 2015  Posted by at 10:43 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
May 102015
 

Press Conference/Rally

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Community Organizations to Demand Wayne County Treasurer Extend May 12 Tax Foreclosure Deadline, and Place a Moratorium on Foreclosures of Occupied Homes

Tuesday, May 12, 12 Noon

Wayne County Treasurer’s office, 400 Monroe, Detroit (at Greektown)

Contact: 313-319-0870

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Community Groups, including the ACLU, Russell Woods-Sullivan Area Association, Moratorium Now Coalition, and many more will be holding a press conference and rally to demand that the Wayne County Treasurer extend the May 12 deadline for putting properties into tax foreclosure, and instead implement a moratorium on occupied homes to avert the emergency facing our community.

According to Wayne County Assistant Treasurer David Szymanski, 31,000 properties are scheduled to go into tax foreclosure as of May 12, with at least 9,000 occupied properties. This does not include the up to 18,000 properties being foreclosed on through the “reverter” program.

While the number of occupied homes facing foreclosure continues to be unprecedented, the total has been reduced from the original figure of 30,000 occupied homes primarily by the county frantically placing thousands of homeowners into “payment” plans. The same strategy was employed by the DWSD when the water shut-off disaster hit Detroit last summer and fall. However, a recent report outlined that of 24,743 households placed in water payment plans, all but 300 are in default and facing shut-off once again. The rush to payment plans is not an answer to the foreclosure epidemic, but simply delays the full impact of the catastrophe. At the minimum, a moratorium on foreclosures will give time to assess the impact of this effort by the treasurer.

The bulk of homes facing tax foreclosures are based on assessments far greater than the real value of the homes. A moratorium on foreclosures would allow an opportunity for property taxes owed to be reset based on the actual values of the properties. While Mayor Duggan and the treasurer have announced plans that attempt to deal with this contradiction, a moratorium on foreclosures would allow time to assure that these plans are implemented and tested for their effectiveness.

Detroit has the highest poverty rate of any city in the US. Yet, thousands of homeowners who should have been placed in hardship exemptions reducing or eliminating their property taxes were not given these exemptions. A moratorium on foreclosures will give time to insure that seniors and the poor do not lose their homes due to unpaid property tax bills that never should have been owed.

Szymanski announced that 5000 homes avoided tax foreclosure through the federal Helping Hardest Hit pay paying their delinquent bills. $251 million in hardest hit funds remain unspent. A moratorium on foreclosures would allow time to insure that these funds be utilized to stop the remaining foreclosures of occupied homes. In addition, to the extent that these funds are now being diverted to blight removal, a moratorium on foreclosures would allow time to demand that MSHDA and the U.S. treasury use the funds for the purpose for which they are intended, keeping families in their homes, not tearing them down.

 May 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:18 pm Foreclosures and Evictions No Responses »
Apr 282015
 

Gather / Junta: 11:30 AM at Grand Circus Park (Woodward Av and W. Adams)

March / Marcha: 12 Noon through downtown Detroit

Caravan / Caravana: 2 PM from Grand Circus Park to Clark Park (W. Vernor Av and Clark St)

Speakers-Entertainment / Presentaciones-Entretenimiento: 3 – 6 PM at Clark Park

MayDay-2015-fbMay 1, 1886 saw a national strike for the 8 hour work day in the United States. Four labor leaders were hanged for their role in the struggle following the Haymarket incident. All around the world May Day is celebrated as the workers’ holiday – we are one class with many struggles.

May Day — Solidarity with Baltimore Rebellion – Justice for Freddie GreyTerrance Kellom and All Victims of Police Terror

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May Day 2015 Detroit – Our Fight Continues

Across Detroit poor and working people are under attack. Let’s unite our struggles and fight back against the corporate/banking bosses who are destroying our communities and our lives:
• Stop the 62,000 tax foreclosures – demand a MORATORIUM NOW!
• Stop the tens of thousands of scheduled water shutoffs – water is a human right!
• Support Immigrant rights – stop deportations – stop breaking up families – solidarity with workers around the world
• Stop police killings and brutality – Justice for Floyd Dent and Terrance Kellom and Anthony Clark Reed. Free Reverend Edward Pinkney
• Restore the cuts made to pensions of 32,000 retired Detroit City workers – make the banks pay!
• Decent wages and dignity for all workers – support $15 minimum wage!
• Support Marriage Equality – End LGBTQ oppression.
• Defend women’s right to choice – Stop attacks on reproductive freedom
• Stop tax giveaways to the rich. No to Snyder’s sales tax hike
• Stop destruction of the environment – System Change, Not Climate Change
• Money for jobs, housing, education – NOT WAR!

Día del trabajador 2015 Detroit – Nuestra lucha sigue
En Detroit, los pobres y los trabajadores están bajo ataque. Vamos a unir nuestras luchas y pelear contra los bancos y las corporaciones que están destruyendo nuestras comunidades y nuestras vidas:
• Parar los 62.000 desalojos por impuestos – ¡Exigir una MORATORIA AHORA!
• Parar los miles de cortes de agua – ¡El agua es un derecho humano!
• Apoyar los derechos de inmigrantes – parar las deportaciones – dejar de romper familias – ¡Solidaridad con los trabajadores del mundo!
• Parar la brutalidad y matanzas policiácas – ¡Justicia para Floyd Dent y Terrance Kellom y Anthony Clark Reed! ¡Libertad para el Reverendo Edward Pinkney!
• Restaurar la reducción de las pensiones de 32.000 trabajadores jubilados de la ciudad– ¡Que paguen los bancos!
• Salarios decentes y dignidad para todos los trabajadores – ¡Apoyar $15 para el salario mínimo!
• Apoyar igualdad del matrimonio – ¡Acabar con la opresión contra la comunidad LGBTQ!
• Defender los derechos de la mujer – ¡Acabar con los ataques sobre libertad reproductive!
• Acabar con los regalos fiscales a los ricos. ¡No al aumento de impuestos por Snyder!
• Acabar con la destrucción del medio ambiente – ¡Cambio sistémico, no climático!
• Dinero para trabajos, vivienda, educación, ¡NO PARA GUERRAS!

Sponsored by / Auspiciado por: Moratorium NOW Coalition (Moratorium-Mi.org); National Boricua Human Rights Network(boricuahumanrights.org); Michigan Solidarity Network with Mexico (https://twitter.com/SolidarityMX); Fronteras Nortenas; League of Revolutionaries for a New America (LRNA Detroit); The People’s Tribune Newspaper; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (mecawi.org); Workers World Party(workers.org); Change Agent Consortium; Detroit School Board members in Exile; Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA)
For more information / Para más información: 313-680-5508

 April 28, 2015  Posted by at 10:45 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 122015
 

Stop Sign - Stop ForeclosuresDemonstrate

Thurs., April 16

12 noon

State of Michigan Bldg, Cadillac Place, Detroit
(West Grand Blvd. between Cass & 2nd) map

Demand the State release $ 251 Million of federal “Helping Hardest Hit” funds to stop tax foreclosures.

Facebook-EventStarting in 2010, the State of Michigan received $498 million in federal Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds. According to the Step Forward website, the purpose for the funds is “to help Michigan take a step forward through a comprehensive, statewide strategy that is aimed to help homeowners who are at high risk of default or foreclosure.” Continue reading »

 April 12, 2015  Posted by at 8:42 pm Foreclosures and Evictions No Responses »
Mar 282015
 

Demonstrate at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
Tuesday, March 31, 12 Noon
400 Monroe, Greektown, Detroit

Endorsed by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Eviction Defense, Russell Woods – Sullivan Area Association, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, We the People of Detroit, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

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Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions from occupied homes.
Release the Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds Now!
Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!

 March 28, 2015  Posted by at 11:56 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Mar 222015
 

Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions from occupied homes.

Release the Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds Now!

Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!

townhall2-03-14-15-picsSpeak at the Detroit City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

9:00 am – Gather for a brief rally and press conference, Spirit of Detroit, Woodward at Jefferson, Detroit

9:30 am – Proceed to the City Council meeting on the 13th floor in the Erma Henderson Auditorium.  Each resident wishing to address the Council must sign up for a two minute time slot upon arrival.

After the City Council Meeting, March to the County Treasurer’s Office, 400 Monroe.

 For more info, see Moratorium on Foreclosures Fact Sheet

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 March 22, 2015  Posted by at 9:50 pm Foreclosures and Evictions No Responses »
Mar 222015
 

Download MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES FACT SHEET

Under Michigan law (MCL 10.31), during times of great public crisis or emergency, either upon application of the mayor of a city, sheriff of a county, or the commissioner of the Michigan state police or upon his or her own volition, the governor may proclaim a state of emergency and designate the area involved.

After making the proclamation or declaration, the governor may promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect life and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.

According to Wayne County Treasurer’s office, as of March 10, more than 10,000 owner occupied homes in Detroit alone are facing tax foreclosure effective March 31, 2015, with thousands more going into foreclosure in May due to reverter. This is a State of Emergency.

Even before these foreclosures, Governor Snyder declared that Detroit was in a State of Emergency, precipitating the appointment of the Emergency Manager and bankruptcy.

THE FUNDS ARE SITTING IN LANSING TO STOP THESE FORECLOSURES.

According to the January 2015 Helping Michigan’s Hardest Hit Homeowner report, $251 million of the $498 in federal Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds that were provided to Michigan in 2010 remain unspent.
These funds could be used to pay off delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes and prevent the thousands of foreclosures which will further destroy our neighborhoods.

Release of these funds will not only stop the destruction of our communities, but go a long way to resolving the financial crises in Wayne County and Detroit which in large part is a result of declining revenues as a result of tax foreclosures.

THE WAYNE COUNTY TREASURER SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP THE TAX FORECLOSURES, AND JOIN WITH THE SHERIFF, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL IN DEMANDING THAT GOVERNOR SNYDER PLACE AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM TO HALT PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURES.

While the Moratorium is in effect, we can fight to get the Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds released to meet the immediate crisis, and develop long term solutions so this crisis never occurs again!

A MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES IS LEGAL AND HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE DURING PERIODS OF CRISIS.

During the 1930’s, the State legislature utilized its emergency powers to pass the Mortgage Moratorium Act, Act No. 98, Pub. Acts 1933. The Act extended the redemption period during which homeowners could not have their property taken from them after foreclosure from six months, to 5 years. In Russell v. Battle Creek Lumber Co., 265 Mich. 649, 649-650 (Mich. 1934), the Mortgage Moratorium Act was upheld as constitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Home Building & Loan Ass’n v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (54 Sup. Ct. 231, 88 A.L.R. 1481), which upheld a similar moratorium passed in Minnesota.

CHARGEBACKS – According to the City of Detroit’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), during the year ended June 30, 2013, approximately $163 million of delinquent property taxes receivable was transferred (sold) to the County, and $117 million was charged back to the City from prior year sales. As of June 30, 2013, the City has recorded an approximate liability of $72 million ($25 million in the General Fund, $28 million in the Non-Major Governmental Funds, and $19 million in the Water and Sewage Disposal Funds) for the estimated amount of property tax receivables sold to the County that will be charged back in future years. (Chargebacks consist of the difference in the amount the county pays the city when it “purchases” the unpaid property taxes in a given year for the purposes of collection and charging interest on them, and the amount the county recovers when its sells the home at tax foreclosure. The city is charged back the difference — i.e. county pay city $4000 for unpaid property taxes on home – sells the home for $500 at tax foreclosure – city is charged back $3500 which becomes a liability in the year the chargeback occurs.)

PROPERTY TAX DECLINE — According to the Detroit Free Press, March 22, 2015, property tax revenues for Wayne County have declined $200 per year since 2007.

Updated on March 22, 2015

 March 22, 2015  Posted by at 8:51 pm Foreclosures and Evictions No Responses »
Mar 172015
 

Join the People of Detroit and Wayne County in Demanding a Moratorium on Tax Foreclosures and Evictions from Occupied Homes!

Pack the Wayne County Commissioners Meeting

Thursday, March 19, 10 am

500 Griswold, Detroit (Guardian Building)

Release the Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds Now!

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 March 17, 2015  Posted by at 8:10 pm Foreclosures and Evictions No Responses »
Mar 082015
 

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.
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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 or call 248-470-0296.

To download leaflet, click here: Emergency People’s Assembly

For more information contact: Moratorium Now Coalition – moratorium-mi.org
Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org – Phone 313-680-5508
Detroit Eviction Defense – detroitevictiondefense.org – Phone 313-740-1073

Endorsed by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition,  Detroit Eviction Defense,  Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA),  Detroit People’s Platform,  Detroit News & Letters Committees,  Russell Woods – Sullivan Area Association

 March 8, 2015  Posted by at 5:15 pm Foreclosures and Evictions No Responses »