Deadline Thursday to avoid foreclosure in Wayne County (The Detroit News)

Wayne County property owners facing foreclosure over unpaid taxes have until Thursday to get on a payment plan to avoid losing their properties, according to county officials.

Nearly 7,000 properties countywide face foreclosure as of last week because they have debt from their 2016 property tax bill. The Wayne County Treasurer typically forecloses after three years of unpaid taxes.

The deadline means there will be long lines at the treasurer's office at 400 Monroe in downtown Detroit this week. Advocates say many times the elderly and people struggling with health issues delay resolving the issue and need the most help.

"It is going to be really hectic ... but there is still hope to get help," said Ted Phillips of the United Community Housing Coalition.

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