NEWS & EVENTS
Freep / May 7 2021
"Nearly 2,400 owner-occupied homes, 4,100 nonowner-occupied residential properties, such as rentals, and 178 occupied commercial properties countywide won't face tax foreclosure this year, the office said. The treasurer could still foreclose on 5,300 unoccupied properties and vacant parcels of land, mostly in Detroit."
CBS / July 1, 2020
“There’s no way of knowing exactly how many evictions are slated. What we do know is we did some work to go back about five weeks before the court closed and looked at all of the cases that came to judgment. It was 2,600 in the city of Detroit and we’ve done outreach to those people, to those tenants to try to make sure they were protected,” UCHC Executive Director Ted Phillips said.
Fox 2 / June 8, 2020
"Awarded $31.3 million in federal funding through the CARES Act passed by Congress, Detroit's Housing & Revitalization Department (HRD) plans to target housing instability residents face as their economic outlooks diminish in the face of business shutdowns and high unemployment rates."
Detroit News / June 7, 2020
"Detroit's Housing & Revitalization Department is proposing its CARES dollars be used to reduce housing disruptions caused by COVID-19, which officials say threaten to put even more residents at risk of contracting the deadly disease."
FREEP / May 15, 2020
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her executive order banning evictions until June 11, the state announced late Thursday. The extension continues to protects tenants and mobile home owners from eviction during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Executive Order 2020-85.
News Herald / May 6, 2020
"Additional partners include ACCESS, Brilliant Detroit, COTS, Elder Law, Jefferson East, Inc., Gleaners, The Guidance Center, Matrix Human Services, SER Metro, Thrive by Five (American Indian Health, Development Centers, Focus Hope, Starfish Family Services, The Order of Fisherman), United Community Housing Coalition, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, Wayne County Community College District, and numerous resident organizations.
Individuals can access CARES Relief & Recovery Services by visiting WayneMetro.org. There, applications may be completed online and those applying can chat live with a service specialist."
WDET / May 5, 2020
"Ted Phillips is the Executive Director of the Detroit nonprofit United Community Housing Coalition. He warns tenants to take precautions before they begin paying partial rent. If you pay half of your rent, you could still be evicted when the ban is lifted, and you’ll be out that money. Instead, Phillips recommends that renters planning to pay rent in installments get an agreement from their landlord saying they won’t be evicted for doing so when the ban is lifted."
Detroit News / April 16, 2020
"Housing advocates said Thursday they want Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to extend and expand the statewide eviction ban set to expire Friday.
Whitmer signed an order March 20 suspending evictions until April 17, allowing tenants and mobile home owners to remain in their homes even if they can't pay rent.
And the United Community Housing Coalition is working to help renters who had eviction cases filed right before the state shutdown."
And the United Community Housing Coalition is working to help renters who had eviction cases filed right before the state shutdown. "
Michigan Chinese American Coalition donates face masks to help protect frontline hospital workers as COVID-19 spreads
Senate Dems / April 6, 2020
“As we all hear that the coronavirus is particularly fatal for seniors, it is often the low-income seniors — the most vulnerable of the senior population, living in multiple dwelling units — that are left to fend for themselves,” said Claudia Sanford, Director of Tenant Organizing for the United Community Housing Coalition and Chair of Senior Housing Preservation-Detroit. “Staying at home is not always possible and social distancing in buildings of more than 200 seniors and disabled individuals with only two elevators is not possible. The donation of surgical masks to the United Community Housing Coalition for distribution will make it possible for low-income seniors to have a better chance at survival during this crisis. This is the kind of help and leadership that is needed during a pandemic.”
Yahoo! Fiance / April 3, 2020
"In mid-March, Quicken Loans Community Fund (QLCF) and the Gilbert Family Foundation committed $1.2 million to address local COVID-19 impacts — including $500,000 to the United Way, $250,000 to the United Community Housing Coalition to address housing effects, and $450,000 to float small businesses."
Great Lakes Beacon / March 25, 2020
"As unemployment rises due to the the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has placed a moratorium on evictions until April 17th. The Beacon asked the Executive Director of United Community Housing Coalition why rental assistance will be crucial for residents and landlords in the coming months."
Wayne County's moratorium on tax foreclosures causes collateral damage to some of Detroit’s most vulnerable