Detroiters have until Dec. 13 to apply for HOPE property tax exemption program to avoid risk of foreclosure

Detroiters have until Dec. 13 to apply for HOPE property tax exemption program to avoid risk of foreclosure

  • Homeowners can qualify for 25%, 50% or 100% reduction in property taxes, depending on their household income.
  • Record 12,283 Detroit homeowners have been approved for HOPE so far this year
  • The City and nonprofit partners are hosting 4, in-person END OF YEAR HOPE Events on December 6, 7, 10 and 11.

Detroit homeowners struggling to pay their annual property taxes have until December 13 to apply to the City’s HOPE program to try and qualify for a full or partial property tax exemption for 2021, officials said today. 

HOPE stands for Homeowners Property Exemption and provides an opportunity for homeowners to be exempt from their 2021 property taxes based on household income.  So far this year a record 12,283 Detroit homeowners have been approved for either a 25%, 50% or 100% reduction in their taxes.

For residents who need help completing the HOPE application, the City and nonprofit partners are hosting 4, in-person END OF YEAR HOPE Events by appointment only on:

  • Monday and Tuesday, December 6 and 7

Boys and Girls Club, 16500 Tireman Ave., Detroit, MI

  • Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11

Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon St., Detroit, MI

This is the last opportunity to receive in-person assistance before the HOPE December 13 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) 388-9799 Monday-Thursday 8AM-6PM, Fridays 8:15AM-6PM and Saturdays 9AM-12PM.

 

“Our highest priority as a city is to keep Detroit homeowners in their homes,” said Willie Donwell, Administrator, Board of Review, City Council.  “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 13 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.

Number in Household

Max. Income for Full (100%) Exemption

Max. Income for Partial (50%) Exemption

Max. Income for Partial (25%) Exemption

1

$17,609.00

$20,288.00

$22,840.00

2

$21,205.00

$23,791.00

$26,205.00

3

$23,458.00

$26,064.00

$28,453.00

4

$27,248.00

$29,868.00

$32,488.00

5

$30,680.00

$33,441.00

$35,896.00

6

$35,160.00

$37,973.00

$40,434.00

7

$39,640.00

$42,415.00

$44,793.00

8

$44,120.00

$46,767.00

$49,414.00