Michigan Homeowner’s Assistance Fund offering help for those behind on Property Taxes

The Yemeni American News

Detroit, Mich. – The Wayne County Treasurer’s Office has announced a program meant to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

For those who are behind on their property taxes from 2019-2021, homeowners may be eligible for payment help through the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund.

“The fund was established to help residents tackle hardships associated with the pandemic by providing help to cover property tax delinquencies,” reads a press release from the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office.

The application window began Feb. 14, and is available by calling 211, or visiting michigan.gov/MIHAF.

The Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is also offering application assistance and can be reached at (313)-388-9799, or at www.waynemetro.org.

“While my office remains committed to doing everything it can to keep people in their homes – through payment arrangements, for example, we also have to comply with the law,” said Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree. “It is very important that individuals who owe back property taxes for the year 2019 or prior either pay the bill in full or work with our office to make payment arrangements.”

The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund was launched this week by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. It provides $242 million in American rescue fund dollars to providing assistance to homeowners.

“To qualify for MIHAF, applicants must have experienced a qualified financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic after January 21, 2020, or had a qualified hardship that began before January 21, 2020, and continued after that date. They also need to meet income eligibility requirements, and the property must be owner-occupied.” reads a press release from the Wayne County Treasurer’s office.

The maximum amount of assistance available through MIHAF per household is $25,000, according to the Treasurer’s Office.