People’s Resolution To STOP THE FORECLOSURES
Whereas: We, the Detroit People’s Platform, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM), Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC), Storehouse of Hope, North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and citizens of the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan do hereby demand that a halt be placed on all resident occupied Tax Foreclosures for a minimum of one year to allow our elected city, county and state officials to develop a comprehensive plan to address this extraordinary and devastating crisis.
Whereas: Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States.
Whereas: Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population.
Whereas: Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.
Whereas: Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families.
Whereas: Detroit People’s Platform and our allies have collected thousands of signatures from across the city, county, state, and nation from people who support these demands.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT We, the Detroit People’s Platform, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM), Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC), Storehouse of Hope, North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and citizens of the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan do hereby submit our demands for action by way of our elected representatives.
We, the People, Demand:
- That a halt be placed on all Tax Foreclosures for a minimum of one year.
- That the City Assessors complete their lawful duties and responsibilities, reassess all property values and roll back property tax debt of owner/occupants to compensate for City’s failure to properly and fairly “reassess” property taxes. Establish a fair and simplified tax assessment process and year-round application for tax reassessment.
- Remove all tax liens for past-due water bills.
- Pass a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that insures fair and equitable development.
- Promote Housing Security by enacting a Community Land Trust policy and redefining Neighborhood Affordability to reflect the economic reality of low- income communities.
We, the Detroit People’s Platform, do hereby submit this Resolution to Detroit City Council on the 24th day of March 2015.