The Huffington Post
November 3, 2015
“The Tricycle Collective partnered with United Community Housing Coalition, which conducted the bidding, and won homes for 18 of the 31 families. Among other anti-foreclosure work over the last few decades, UCHC has bid on homes for families since 2010 and won 1,600 overall.”
October 23, 2015
“Ted Phillips, director of the United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit, says tens of thousands more properties that went into foreclosure avoided going to auction. In part, that’s because state lawmakers made changes that allowed more struggling homeowners to get on payment plans, in some cases cutting the amount of back taxes owed and offering reduced interest rates. ‘Nevertheless, there still appears to have been 3500 or so homeowner-occupied homes in Detroit, and a few thousand others that were tenant-occupied, that ended up going to auction sale,’ said Phillips.”
The Detroit News
October 22, 2015
"Applying to succeed Wojtowicz are... A panel of three officials — Clerk Cathy Garrett, Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Chief Probate Judge Freddie Burton Jr. — is expected to appoint an interim treasurer by next month. The post pays about $116,000. 'We need someone who can strike a balance between collection taxes and taking property,' said Ted Phillips, director of the United Community Housing Coalition, a nonprofit that works to help poor residents keep their homes."
October 6, 2015
“The coalition counsels thousands of people on how to get into the payment plans the county offers in order to help them stay in their homes. It does more of this kind of work than any other organization in Detroit. ‘These are people who lost their homes because they were poor or they were grossly overassessed or they were unaware that they could have gotten their taxes completely waived,’ says Phillips, referring to property tax exemption the city offers to people who live below the poverty line.”
The Detroit Free Press
August 15, 2015
"Once Clark became her lawyer, even though she’d missed the deadline, he tried again. In January 2014, Clark appealed to Trott & Trott, and to the firm’s client Fannie Mae, to sell Whitfield the house. To fund the deal, he enlisted the United Community Housing Coalition, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization, which agreed to pool its funds with Whitfield’s money to make an offer on her behalf of $8,850, amounting to 95% of the $9,000 appraisal. There was no response, Clark said."
March 11, 2015
Buyers like Gresham rarely get the help ‘most middle-income people get,’ said Ted Phillips, executive director of United Community Housing Coalition, which advocates on behalf of delinquent homeowners. ‘They don’t have an attorney, they don’t have a Realtor, they don’t have a title company,’ Phillips said. ‘They believe the handshake. They believe the house is perfect and doesn’t have back taxes. As a result, they may be in foreclosure three days after they buy the house.’”
The New York Times
June 26, 2014
“Ted Phillips, the executive director of the United Community Housing Coalition, where a worn office is regularly crowded with families in search of a last-ditch way to save their homes, has watched their numbers swell. ‘If we don’t make some changes with what we’re doing, I don’t know where this ends.’ Mr. Phillips said.”
October 22, 2014
“Ted Phillips, the director of the United Community Housing Coalition in downtown Detroit, has been leading the charge to inform people about their options once their houses have been foreclosed on. If they aren’t granted an extension or put on a payment plan, the coalition will do its best to bid on their homes. Phillips says he and his team of seven will be cramming round a conference table this week, seeking to buy back around 500 houses at an estimated average price of $1,250. When a wave of foreclosures hit the city a decade ago, the United Community Housing Coalition was able to prevent most evictions, but there are too many foreclosures now for the organization to fight all of them.”
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