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Property Tax Assistance

Wayne Metro offers multiple forms of Property Tax Assistance for Detroit homeowners and residents of Wayne County. Read below for more information on how to receive support!

For Detroit Residents

Detroit Tax Relief Fund

This program is for Detroit homeowners who LIVE IN and OWN their home and are struggling with property tax debt. The first step of this program is to apply and be approved for the City of Detroit HOPE property tax exemption for current year property taxes.

Begin an eligibility review for the Detroit Tax Relief Fund online or by phone!

(313) 244-0274

Frequently Asked Questions - Detroit

What is the Detroit Tax Relief Fund?
The Detroit Tax Relief Fund was created by the Gilbert Family Foundation and Rocket Community Fund to eliminate remaining delinquent property taxes for Detroit homeowners who have been approved for Homeowners Property Exemption (HOPE) program and the Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program.

Who is eligible?
If you are a Detroit homeowner struggling with your property taxes, you may be eligible. Please call 313-244-0274 to learn more.

How do I apply for HOPE and PAYS?
PAYS is available only to homeowners who have been granted an HOPE. To get help applying for the HOPE program call 313-244-0474 to be connected to organizations that can help you apply.

What are HOPE and PAYS?
The Homeowners Property Exemption (HOPE) program is a City of Detroit program that helps low-income homeowners eliminate or lower their CURRENT year property taxes. The Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program is administered by the Wayne County Treasurer’s office and reduces back taxes owed by homeowners who have been granted a HOPE. You must be granted a HOPE in order to be eligible for PAYS.

What if I have applied for the HOPE program but haven’t received an approval letter yet?
Interested residents should call 313-244-0274 to confirm eligibility.

Do I need to apply for HOPE every year?
Yes. You need to submit a HOPE application annually to remain exempt.

What Comes Next?

A Wayne Metro representative or HOPE Counseling Network partner will reach out to help actively guide you through the full application process!

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HOW TO SUBMIT

Wayne Metro offers a variety of ways to submit your HOPE documents. Please send documents to one of the following (Send Copies Only):

  • Email to: dtrf@waynemetro.org
  • Text to: (313) 479-0128
  • Fax to: (313) 479-0129
  • Drop off at one of the following Wayne Metro locations:

Lakeshore

7310 Woodward Ave., 8th Fl.,
Detroit, MI 48202
T, W, Th, F | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

DWSD East
13303 E. McNichols Rd.,
Detroit, MI 48205
T, W, Th, F | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

DWSD West

15600 Grand River Ave., 
Detroit, MI 48227
T, Th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WCCCD – Eastern Campus
5901 Conner St.,
Detroit, MI 48213
W |  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • HOPE: Application reviewed and approved or denied by the Detroit Board of Review
  • Registered proof of ownership (Deed, land contract, probate court order, divorce judgment etc.),
  • Any form of government ID with the address and picture of the homeowner and all residents over the age of 18,
  • Proof of income for ALL members of the household (this includes any minor children). Examples: W2’s, paystubs, SSI/SSD, pension FIA/DHS, child support, self-employment, signed and notarized letter from who is helping you financially, etc.
  •  2021 or 2022 tax return for those who are legally required to file for all adults in the household
  • Proof of residency for all minors in the household (such as FIA Statement, Report Card, Transcript, minor listed on tax return, etc.)

Note: Please be sure the photographs and/or copies include the front and back sides of all submitted documents
and are legible. Your application will be reopened, once all of the missing documents have been received.

If you have any questions, please call (313) 244-0274

All Other Areas in Wayne County

If you are a Wayne County resident who does not live within Detroit and are seeking Property Tax Assistance,
please call (313) 244-0274 or visit WayneMetro.org/MiHAF

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