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COVID-19 Notice | September 3, 2020

All persons seeking assistance from the United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) or Michigan Legal Services (MLS):


Due to the current public health concerns about the spread of the COVID-19, UCHC and MLS are closing the offices to the public until further notice, however our staff is still working. We will be reevaluating the situation daily to determine when it is safe to reopen the office. For regular updates, please visit our website and social media pages.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
 
If you need help regarding a landlord-tenant or other eviction matter:
  1. On September 1st, an federal agency order from the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services recommended a national ban on evictions until the end of 2020. The local 36th District Court has not yet made a statement about this order, and we encourage all tenants with upcoming eviction hearings to attend their hearing.

  2. Governor Whitmer's Order EO 2020-85, issued on May 12th prohibits bailiffs from executing writs until after August 15th. However, tenants are still obligated to pay their rent. Landlords are allowed to ask for rent while the stay at home orders are in effect.  If a tenant has an agreement with their landlord about paying partial rent or less rent, they should get that agreement in writing.  

  3. If you currently have a judgment, you could be facing an eviction when the court reopens. If you need assistance call (313) 355-3352 or email us at eviction@uchcdetroit.org. We will be checking these regularly.


If you are at risk of property tax foreclosure:
UCHC's Tax Foreclosure Hotline can be reached at 313-405-7726

  1. The Wayne County Treasurer (WTC) has announced they will not foreclose on any properties in 2020! You should use this time to apply for tax breaks and get on the right payment plan. Contact UCHC for assistance applying for the Homeowner Property Tax Assistant Program. (HPTAP)

  2. If you are a low-income Detroit homeowner, we recommend you complete the HPTAP poverty tax exemption. You may have gotten a bright yellow application in the mail inviting you to apply for the HPTAP. Fill it out on your own or come to UCHC when our offices reopen. This is a good idea for all low-income owners, even if you aren’t facing foreclosure.

  3. If you are a low-income owner AND you have back taxes owing to Wayne County Treasurer, the HPTAP could help you qualify for the new payment plan call “PAYS” This plan can significantly reduce debt. Those who were approved in 2019 or early 2020 should get a letter from WCT in April with instructions for getting on the PAYS plan when their offices reopen. See the 'Resources' page on our website for more information.

  4. For more information about HPTAP and PAYS, as well as a link to the HPTAP application, go to https://detroitmi.gov/PAYS

  5. If you are interested in the Make It Home program, call Meghan Bishop 313-774-0361. This program may not operate this year due to the foreclosure moratorium.

  6. 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 taxhotline@uchcdetroit.org. We will be checking both regularly.

If you have a payment to make:

We will be accepting payments by mail HOWEVER do not mail cash and be sure to keep your money order receipt. While it is unlikely, sometimes mail does not make it to the destination and we can’t be responsible for the US Mail. Money orders should be made payable to UCHC and mailed to us at 2727 2nd Avenue, Suite 313, Detroit, MI 48201.


For any other issues or questions:
Email help@uchcdetroit.org 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.

Sincerely,

Ted Phillips, Executive Director                 and       Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director
United Community Housing Coalition                   Michigan Legal Services

 

Phone (313) 963-3310

Please note:

  • Our phones are attended 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • We are unable to conduct client intake over the phone. Please come to our office during intake hours for assistance.

  • If you need immediate shelter, please call the CAM at (313) 305-0311.

Parking: There is free street parking in the area.

 

Bus routes: The location is served by DDOT bus routes:

  • 03 - Grand River

  • 04 - Woodward

  • 16 - Dexter

  • 18 - Fenkell

  • 23 - Hamilton

  • 31 - Mack

  • 92 - Rosedale Express

  • 96 - Joy Express

The building is known as "The Block at Cass Park", and is situated west of Woodward Ave between the Masonic Temple and Cass Technical High School.

United Community Housing Coalition

2727 Second Ave, Suite 313

Detroit, MI 48201

Office mainline: (313) 963-3310

Tax Foreclosure line: 313-405-7726

Detroit Eviction Hotline: 866-313-2520

Our office is currently closed to the public 

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