2-alarm fire damages apartment building on Detroit's east side, arson suspected

"'This is a problem that is going on across the city unfortunately,' said Claudia Sanford, with the UCHC. 'When we came here, the building was in horrible disrepair. The doors were not secured or locked. Having a fire when the building isn't secure is not surprising.'"

Click on Detroit / October 23, 2019

‘Easy Politics': Why Duggan’s $420M Plan To Wipe Out Blight Could Fall Short

“We view helping people who are losing their homes as a bailout ... but what is ultimately happening when we demolish occupied houses is we're bailing out bad government,” said Michele Oberholtzer, director of Tax Foreclosure Prevention at United Community Housing Coalition. “We need to save these precious things rather than waiting for the convenience of vacancy to write a check to a contractor, which will not benefit anyone [but the contractor].”

Deadline Detroit / October 13, 2019

New program could keep thousands of Detroiters in their homes

"'We've been pushing for some sort of retro (poverty exemption) for a long time,' said Ted Phillips, executive director of the United Community Housing Coalition, a nonprofit that works directly with tax-delinquent Detroit homeowners."

Detroit Free Press / October 9, 2019

Program would help thousands of Detroit, Wayne County residents avoid foreclosure

"Draft legislation for the “Pay as You Stay” (PAYS) plan, expected to be introduced this week by Rep. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit), would help approximately 31,000 Detroit homeowners stay in their homes by dramatically reducing the amount they owe on their back taxes and lowering their monthly payments, according to the city."

Click on Detroit / October 9, 2019

Detroit City Council aims to address big issues facing Detroiters with 'People's Bills'

"Sheffield has been working with the United Community Housing Coalition, Michigan Legal Services and other organizations to craft a plan that would service 20% of individuals facing evictions each year for the next five years at a cost of $4 million dollars."

Detroit Free Press / September 30, 2019

3,000 Detroiters could lose their homes, treasurer says he's not doing enough

"Some of those property owners will get help before the auction from groups like the United Community Housing Coalition, a nonprofit that works to settle tax debt for struggling homeowners."

Detroit Free Press / August 14, 2019

More than $1.7M in grants awarded to organizations working to improve the daily lives of Detroiters

"Ten organizations have been announced as recipients of $1,714,500 in grants from the Hudson-Webber Foundation.
... Additional organizations to receive grants include the Public Rights Project, Eastern Market Partnership, and Detroit Regional Partnership, in the Community and Economic Development category; Midtown Detroit, Inc. and United Community Housing Coalition in the Built Environment category; and, in the Policy and Research category, the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Model D / August 13, 2019

New Land Bank program risks displacing more Detroiters

“The person who lives in the home is likely to be the one who cares about it,” Michele Oberholtzer, director of the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project at United Community Housing Coalition, told Curbed. “And if they have homeownership interest, then the interest of the occupant can align with the interest of the home.”

Detroit Metro Times / August 13, 2019

Why is the Detroit Land Bank selling bundles of occupied homes?

“The person who lives in the home is likely to be the one who cares about it,” says Michele Oberholtzer, director of the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project at United Community Housing Coalition. “And if they have homeownership interest, then the interest of the occupant can align with the interest of the home.”

Curbed Detroit / August 12, 2019

Members of Congress hear about impacts of "lost decade" of housing in Detroit

“The fact that you can use funds to tear down homes to eliminate blight, but you can’t use the same damn funds to help people stay in their home to prevent blight, is ridiculous,” Phillips said.

Michigan Radio / August 2, 2019

Celebrate the summer solstice in Ann Arbor on Friday

"13th Annual Summer Solstice Event |Saturday, June 22nd from 6:30-8:30 pm | In the courtyard of the Kerrytown Market & Shops, join Everyday Wines to celebrate the solstice and raise money for the United Community Housing Coalition. Mingle, network, and taste finger-foods while sipping wine. Tickets for the event cost $25 and include four wine pours."

Click on / June 17, 2019

Housing advocate, landlord share perspectives on the eviction process

"Ted Phillips...that eviction cases tend to move through the legal system fast. Without an attorney, tenants may end up with a hearing that only lasts around a minute.
'It’s very difficult to get your rights heard when you’re in a situation like that. Everybody’s moving quickly [and] having an attorney gives you a chance to step back, look at the legal issues, and try to get things resolved,' Phillips explained."

Michigan Radio / April 16, 2019

Grant-Funded P3 Saves Detroit Homes From Foreclosure

"Often, occupants do not realize their landlords had failed to pay property taxes and that the homes were to be foreclosed. In the first year of the program, 63 residents took possession of the deeds to their homes through the program, and others are on payment plans working to get the deed, which is held by the non-profit United Community Housing Coalition."

EfficientGov / March 29, 2019

Activists, Lawmakers Working to Keep Detroiters in Their Homes

"United Community Housing Coalition is one of the groups at the forefront of both of those issues [housing insecurity, evictions, lack of representation, poverty]. Executive Director Ted Phillips and Michele Oberholtzer, director of the group's tax foreclosure prevention project, join Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson."

WDET / March 27, 2019

Detroit has a massive eviction crisis.  Here's how the city could keep renters from losing their homes.

"Imagine if half the time a person was charged with a crime they went straight to prison without consulting a lawyer or going to court. Not because they were guilty ' but because the system was so stacked against them it didn't seem worth fighting the case, or they didn't even know they could."

Detour Detroit / March 25, 2019

Park Avenue House sells; yet another hotel planned

"It caused controversy last year when the Detroit Free Press first revealed in October that residents of the 13-story building were given 30-day eviction notices. The newspaper also reported that the city is using $400,000, which includes $350,000 for the nonprofit United Community Housing Coalition, to help the vacating residents of the 180-room building."

Crain's Detroit Business / March 25, 2019

Field Hearing: An Examination of the Housing Crisis in Michigan, 11 Years after the Recession

Testimony of Ted Phillips
Executive Director, United Community Housing Coalition

US House of Representatives Committee Repository / August 2, 2019

Detroit Would Save Money By Guaranteeing Evicted Renters A Lawyer, Experts Say

"The idea was presented Tuesday at a "Detroit Eviction Right To Counsel Summit" that included city leaders. Housing advocates estimate that just five percent of renters whose cases are heard in court are represented. There are more than 30,000 eviction cases in the city each year."

Deadline Detroit / March 13, 2019

Group wants renters to have lawyers in eviction cases

"The summit's sponsors included more than 20 organizations, including the State Bar of Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan, several Michigan law schools and Ford Motor Co., organizers said. "This is huge," said Ted Phillips, executive director of the United Community Housing Coalition, which represents tenants in courts. "When people aren't represented, they are evicted. We can't possibly keep up."

The Detroit News / March 12, 2019

One in five Detroit rentals face eviction. Time to call in the lawyers?

"In 36th District Court, which serves Detroit, there are so many evictions that four separate courtrooms are dedicated to them. Judges can process hundreds of evictions before lunch."

Bridge Magazine, Detroit Journalism Cooperative / March 12, 2019

Pontiac nonprofit celebrates furnishing 1,000th home for needy family

"For Powers-McCoy, her family's new furnishings, tailored for each family member's personality, arrived just days after she got the deed to her home. She secured a loan from the United Community Housing Coalition and bought the house from the city of Detroit. Powers-McCoy's 2-year-old daughter died nine years ago,and she struggled after the last home she rented went into foreclosure. Now, "she is in the process of getting her GED and aspires to go to nursing school," said Watts."

The Detroit News / February 27, 2019

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