Formerly Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP)

If you cannot pay your taxes for financial reasons, you may be able to reduce or eliminate your current year’s property tax obligation with the Homeowners Property Exemption (HOPE) program.

Application managed by the City of Detroit Board of Review.

Program Overview

Wayne Metro is here to help! Receive 1-on-1 assistance with completing the Homeowners Property Exemption (HOPE) program application. The process will start with a phone intake. During the intake, we will gather information from you as it relates to your household. This includes income, expenses, and household members. After that, you can choose to finish the application on your own, or we will schedule you for an in-person event where you can drop off documents, sign and complete the application.

Detroit Tax Relief Fund

The Detroit Tax Relief Fund is a new assistance program that will completely eliminate delinquent property taxes owed to the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office for Detroit homeowners who have received the Homeowners Property Exemption (HOPE) program and the Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program. The first step is to apply for the HPTAP. Please book an intake to get started! More information on the Detroit Tax Relief Fund can be found here.

HOPE Frequently Asked Questions

What is a HOPE?
HOPE stands for Homeowners Property Exemption. It is also referred to as the HPTAP, Poverty Tax Exemption, “PTE” or Hardship Program. HOPE provides an opportunity for homeowners to be exempt from their current year property taxes based on household income or circumstances. If approved, you will still be responsible for any fees such as the solid waste fee. The solid waste fee is discounted at to $120 for HOPE approved homeowners. The HOPE application is an annual application, homeowners must apply every year.

Do I qualify?
Eligibility for the HOPE is based on whether you own and occupy your home as your primary residence and your household income or circumstances. Please review the income levels listed below. Most homeowners whose income is below the guidelines are generally approved. Only the Board of Review may approve an application.

What do I need to provide?


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