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CBS / July 1, 2020

Whitmer Extends Suspension of Rental Evictions To Ju

“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

Further burdened by COVID-19, Detroit plans $31 million in rent relief options for residents

"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 council to vote on $31M in federal COVID aid for renter relief, homeless services

"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

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's ban on evictions extended into June

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

Initiative provides economic assistance to county residents during COVID-19 crisis

"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

What To Do If You Don’t Have Rent Money Right Now

"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

Advocates want Whitmer to extend Michigan's eviction ban

"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.
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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. "

Senate Dems / April 6, 2020

Michigan Chinese American Coalition donates face masks to help protect frontline hospital workers as COVID-19 spreads

“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

Quicken Loans Joins The Fight Against COVID-19 As Michigan Takes Center Stage

"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

COVID-19: Michigan Eviction Moratorium

"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."

MetroTimes / March 24, 2020

Wayne County's moratorium on tax foreclosures causes collateral damage to some of Detroit’s most vulnerable

"Last week, the Wayne County Treasurer announced a total moratorium on tax foreclosures for the year 2020 due to the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Suddenly, the pressure was off for over 12,000 properties, including 8,000 occupied homes in Detroit that were likely to be foreclosed this year."

Bridge MI / March 21, 2020

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

"United Community Housing Coalition is helping answer questions regarding a landlord-tenant or other eviction matter in Detroit. If you need assistance call (313) 355-3352 or email UCHC at eviction@uchcdetroit.org."

Curbed Detroit / March 16, 2020

9 Detroit renters’ rights your landlord doesn’t want you to know

"Renter-occupied households now make up about 44 percent of living spaces in Detroit, according to a December 2019 estimate by the apartment listing site RentCafé. In an even more dramatic finding, a Detroit Future City study found that around 2017 the number of renters actually surpassed the number of homeowners in Detroit for the first time since 1950."

Detroit News / March 16, 2020

Quicken charities donate $1.2M to help those affected by coronavirus

"The Quicken Loans Community Fund and Gilbert Family Foundation on Monday announced a combined $1.2 million donation to help vulnerable residents and small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic."

Michigan News / March 9, 2020

Q&A: Alexa Eisenberg focuses on making housing policy better

"The work that I do with Poverty Solutions is done closely with Detroit’s United Community Housing Coalition, where we focus on applied housing policy research and program evaluation. In some form, all of my current work revolves around the injustice of property tax foreclosures in the city of Detroit. In 2017, I worked with both Poverty Solutions and the United Community Housing Coalition on a project that examined Detroit’s Poverty Tax Exemption, a program that exempts residents with low incomes from their property tax obligation. We found that 40,000 people were eligible for the program, and only about 4,000 were receiving it."

Curbed Detroit / March 9, 2020

Detroit forms partnership to continue efforts at preserving city’s affordable housing

“Here’s the problem: rents in the city continue to rise, which means these deals get harder to make every year because the incentives to remove low-income folks get more profitable,” Duggan said at a press conference announcing the partnership. “We said, ‘To save [more affordable units], we need a little help.’”

Rebusiness Online / March 10, 2020

City of Detroit Creates New Partnership to Preserve Affordable Housing Units

"Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and his Housing & Revitalization Department (HRD) have created a new partnership to preserve affordable housing in the city while also improving its quality and preventing displacement. The partnership comprises the city’s housing department along with a number of housing experts, including Enterprise Community Partners, United Community Housing Coalition, a partnership between Cinnaire and CHN Housing Partners, Data Driven Detroit, Elevate Energy and Community Investment Corp. Enterprise Community Partners will lead the team and create action plans for preserving units."

DS News / March 3, 2020

Michigan Governor Signs Legislation to Mitigate Foreclosure Issues

"“This year we set out to increase the number of Detroit families assisted through HPTAP, and I am proud of our work in collaboration with Quicken Loans Community Fund, United Community Housing Coalition, and community groups to meet this goal,” said Detroit Chief Financial Officer David Massaron with the announcement of the HPTAP program expansion."

Detroit News / March 9, 2020

Detroit partnership aims to preserve affordable housing in the city

"The City of Detroit has formed a partnership with six organizations to preserve affordable housing in the city, improve housing stock and prevent displacement."

FOX 2 Detroit / February 28, 2020

Make It Home program helps Detroiters in danger of losing homes stay put

"I put my faith in United Housing Coalition and it worked, I would recommend anybody for this program that's losing their homes who think they have to leave, they don't. They can help you," Kennedy said.

National Mortgage Professional Magazine / February 28, 2020

Quicken-Funded Program Helps Nearly 1,200 Detroit Families Keep Their Homes

"The Quicken Loans Community Fund, City of Detroit and United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) announced that 557 properties entered into Detroit’s Make It Home program during 2019, bringing the program’s total to 1,157 families were able to avoid tax-foreclosure related displacement. The Make It Home program launched in 2017."

The Detroit News / February 27, 2020

Make It Home gets money to expand, help Detroiters purchase houses

“Who better to buy it but the person who already lives there,” said Michele Oberholtzer, director of Tax Foreclosure Prevention with the United Community Housing Coalition. “Every neighborhood in Detroit is made stronger because of this program.”

WDET / January 24, 2020

Detroit Non-Profit Hosts Property Tax Assessment Workshops

"Brick + Beam Detroit, a non-profit offering online resources and workshops for homeowners, is teaming up to offer a series focused on appealing property tax assessments."

Help for Detroit tenants behind in rent or facing eviction

"Local housing supporters expect Detroit’s 36th District Court to face an influx of eviction notices when the governor’s order prohibiting evictions ends this week. Less than half of city residents own their home and many households are financially unstable given the number of job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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