City of Detroit, MI

11/21/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2023 11:52

Detroiters have until Dec. 11 to apply for HOPE property tax exemption program to avoid risk of foreclosure

  • Homeowners can qualify for 10%, 25%, 50% or 100% reduction in property taxes, depending on household income.
  • More than 11,000 Detroit homeowners have been approved for HOPE so far this year
  • The City and nonprofit partners have been hosting Healthy Home Resource Days events since June, final events TODAY and in December

Detroit homeowners struggling to pay their annual property taxes have until December 11 to apply to the City's HOPE program to try and qualify for a full or partial property tax exemption for 2023, officials said today.

HOPE stands for Homeowners Property Exemption and provides an opportunity for homeowners to be exempt from their 2023 property taxes based on household income. So far this year, 11,312 Detroit homeowners have been approved for either a 10%, 25%, 50% or 100% reduction in their taxes.

For residents who need help completing the HOPE application, the City and nonprofit partners are hosting the final in a series of in-person Healthy Home Resource Days events:

TODAY Tuesday, November 21, 1PM-5PM

Crowell Recreation Center

16630 Lahser, Detroit 48219

Friday, December 8, 9AM-3:30PM

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency

7310 Woodward, Detroit 48202

Monday, December 11, 9AM-3:30PM

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency

7310 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202

This is the last opportunity to receive in-person assistance before the HOPE December 11 deadline. Residents can apply online or schedule an in-person appointment at a HOPE event by visiting www.detroitmi.gov/HOPE or contact the Call Center at (313) 244-0274, walk-ins are welcomed at the events between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

"We've increased our HOPE outreaches this year because we want to make sure Detroit homeowners who are in need of assistance with paying property taxes know about the help that's available," said Willie Donwell, Director, Board of Review, City Council. "Over the years, the HOPE program has helped thousands of homeowners reduce their tax burden to an affordable level so they cannot be in fear of falling behind and at risk of foreclosure. We're asking anyone who may be eligible or at risk to reach out and apply before December 11 said, Donwell.

Who qualifies?

Eligibility for HOPE is based on household income and whether a person owns and occupies their home as their primary residence. Most homeowners whose income is below the guidelines are generally approved. See the chart of income levels below.

Approved HOPE applications may make you eligible for other assistance programs and help in paying off delinquent property taxes.

HOPE, formerly the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) is also referred to as the Poverty Tax Exemption, "PTE" or Hardship Program. The HOPE application is an annual application and homeowners must apply every year.

Add $4,720.00 to the income limit for each household member above eight for a 100% exemption. For a 50% partial exemption add $5,003.00 to the income limit for each household member above eight. For a 25% partial exemption add $5,826,00 to the income for each household member above eight. For a 10% exemption add $9,204 for each household member above eight. 10% exemption requires property to be in threat of tax foreclosure or at least 20% loss of household income from the prior year (as approved by the State Tax Commission).

What's needed to apply for HOPE?

To be considered for an exemption on your property taxes, the applicant is required to submit the following to the Board of Review:

  • A completed Michigan Department of Treasury Form 5737 (Application for MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption) and Form 5739 (Affirmation of Ownership and Occupancy),
  • Registered proof of ownership (Deed, land contract, probate court order, divorce judgment etc.),
  • Any form of government ID with address and picture of the homeowner and all residents over the age of 18,
  • Proof of income for ALL members of the household (this includes any minor children). Examples: W2's, paystubs, SSI/SSD, pension FIA/DHS, child support, self-employment, signed and notarized letter from who is helping you financially, etc.
  • 2022 Federal and State tax returns for all adults, if filed (if are not required to file a tax return, the adult must complete a Michigan Treasury Form 4988 Poverty Exemption Affidavit and IRS 4506-T and can provide W2's, social security statements, or any other document that proves the past year's income),
  • Proof of residency for all minors in the household (such as FIA Statement, Report Card, Transcript, minor listed on tax return, etc.)

The Board of Review reserves the right to request additional information or documents. 2023 HOPE applications are required to be filed by December 11, 2023.