Preventing eviction, foreclosure, and homelessness in Detroit
Helping low-income residents stay in their homes and strengthen their communities, through representation, support, and ownership.
The Coronavirus Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in their homes. The program utilizes a special court process to get fast rental assistance for renters who have been affected.
For information, click the links below.
Tenants in Wayne County who have received a "Notice to Quit" a summons from the court, or received verbal or written notice of your landlord's intention to evict you should call the
Eviction Hotline at 866-313-2520
Attend a virtual information session, hosted by UCHC, on Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m.
Sign-in begins at 30 minutes before each session start time.
Your name and a court case # is required.
Zoom Meeting Information: bit.ly/CERAworkshop
Call in #: 929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 944 8650 4421
Review the Detroit CERA web page to ensure your eligibility.
COVID-19 Notice | February 2022
All persons seeking assistance from the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) or Michigan Legal Services (MLS):
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCHC/MLS offices are closed to the public except by appointment only. We will not see any client without an appointment. Unfortunately, if any client violates our appointment policy by trying to enter the building without an appointment, we must make a note of the violation in the client file. UCHC/MLS staff will not assist any client that threatens the health and safety of our staff.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
If you need help regarding a landlord-tenant or other eviction matter:
If you currently have a judgment, you could be facing eviction. If you need assistance, call 313-355-3352
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be checking these regularly.
There is no longer a federal moratorium or national ban on evictions.
If you receive a Complaint and Summons from your local district landlord-tenant court:
(a) APPLY for the CERA rental-assistance program
(b) ATTEND your landlord-tenant virtual hearing
(c) ASK for legal advice at your hearing
If you have a pending tax foreclosure:
UCHC's Tax Foreclosure Hotline can be reached at 313-405-7726
On May 7, 2021, the Wayne County Treasurer's Office announced that they will not foreclose on any occupied properties in 2021. If you received a notice of tax foreclosure or forfeiture at your primary residence, this announcement means your property will not be foreclosed this year.
If you're a low-income Detroit homeowner, we recommend you complete the HOPE (formerly HPTAP) poverty-tax exemption application. You may have received a colorful application in the mail inviting you to apply. Fill it out on your own or contact UCHC for assistance. We recommend all low-income homeowners apply for HOPE, even if you do not owe back taxes. This application is due to the City Assessor's office December 13, 2021.
If you're a low-income homeowner AND you owe back taxes to the Wayne County Treasurer, HOPE (formerly HPTAP) could help you qualify for the new payment plan, called “PAYS.” This plan can significantly reduce debt. Once approved for HOPE, you will receive a letter from the Treasurer with instructions for getting on the PAYS plan. If you are invited to PAYS, call the Detroit Tax Relief Fund (DTRF) for financial assistance in paying off your remaining tax debt at 313-244-0274.
If you're a non-owner living in a home facing tax foreclosure and would like to become the owner, call the Make It Home hotline at 313-241-7009. Enrollment for the program will begin in April 2022.
If you need to reach us regarding an immediate tax matter, please call our tax hotline at 313-405-7726 and leave a clear message with a number to reach you, or you can email us at email@example.com. We will be checking both regularly.
If you have a payment to make:
If you need to make a payment or a deposit, there are 3 payment methods:
1. Money order or cashier's check -- You can mail in or drop off a money order at the front desk. Make it out to "UCHC" and include your name and address. You must be working with a UCHC/MLS staff in order to deposit funds. Our address is 2727 2nd Ave Suite 313 Detroit, MI 48201. Finance will mail you a receipt.
2. Make a payment online here.
3. Set up ACH automatic payments to schedule deductions from your bank account. Contact Erica Scott to set this up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other issues or questions:
Email email@example.com clearly stating your issue or question so we can direct you to the appropriate staff. We will attempt to resolve as many issues as possible by phone or e-mail.
We understand that this is a very trying time for everyone as we seek to provide the best possible housing services while protecting public health and safety. Please bear with us and stay safe.
Ted Phillips, Executive Director and Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director
United Community Housing Coalition Michigan Legal Services
Helping our clients understand their rights, navigate legal requirements, and access available community resources