Help Paying Property Taxes

If you are unable to pay your Wayne County taxes to prevent the loss of your home for tax foreclosure you may be able to get financial assistance and free legal help.

For Financial Help*
Wayne County Department of Human Services - DHS
(Formerly Family Independence Agency) can be contacted at (313) 456-1000. This is a general number from which you can obtain the phone number and address of your local DHS office. You can also simply go to your local office and apply for State Emergency Relief (SER). Offices are located throughout Wayne County.
Step Forward Michigan

(866) 946-7432.

Step Forward Michigan is a state program that provides interest free forgivable loans to pay past due taxes or mortgage payments.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
(313) 388-9799

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) provides essential services, diversified programming, and community resources to low- and moderate-income individuals and families throughout all of Wayne County. Today, Wayne Metro supports all of Wayne County with more than 50 programs with over 300 employees, and is proud to be one of the most innovative Community Action Agencies in the entire country.

Address: 7310 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit Area Agency On Aging

(313) 446-4444

Established in 1980, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is a nonprofit agency that serves older persons, adults with disabilities and caregivers residing in Detroit, the five Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park.

Address: 1333 Brewery Park Blvd Suite 200, Detroit, MI 48207
Disability Network Wayne County-Detroit

(313) 923-1655

The Disability Network Wayne County-Detroit is a community service, community resource and advocacy nonprofit organization serving the City of Detroit and Wayne County. Their Mission is to educate and connect people with disabilities to resources while advocating social change. Their goal is a community that values disability as human diversity, free of attitudinal barriers, where all people benefit with full access and inclusion.

Address: 5555 Conner St., Detroit, MI 48213
Accounting Aid Society
(313) 556-1920

Accounting Aid Society helps grow an economy that works for everyone in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan through programs that focus on free tax assistance for low- to middle-income neighbors. They provide tax preparation, financial management practices for small business owners, tax debt relief and financial coaching and education.
Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

(313) 272-3900.

The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides quality, innovative services that increase self-reliance, productivity and dignity for persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network

(800) 241-4949

The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network is a safety net organization that provides a full array of services and supports to adults with mental illness, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbances and persons with substance use disorders.

Southwest Solutions

(313) 841-3727

Southwest Solutions is an agency provide a broad range of programs in the areas of human development, economic development, and community engagement. Their free services include, but are not limited to: Foreclosure prevention counseling, Mastering money management, Debt reduction, Banking basics, Developing a spending plan, Improving credit ratios and savings, Consumer protection, and Fair housing and fair lending.


(313) 640-1100

U-SNAP-BAC is a non-profit housing corporation that offers a variety of services to help people get back on their feet. U-SNAP-BAC was incorporated by a consortium of seven neighborhood organizations and four business associations to revitalize the east side of Detroit. The mission is "to empower residents to impact the future of Detroit's eastside. Through coalition building, resource development, joint planning and programming, we will promote economic growth and neighborhood improvement."

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, Wayne County Office
(313) 224-5045.

If you are a veteran with at least 6 months of wartime duty, you may qualify for financial assistance.
Wayne County Veteran Affairs (Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund)
(313) 224-5045.

If you are a veteran with any wartime service and an honorable discharge, you may qualify.
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
(313) 842-7010.

Help is available to those who qualify and is not limited to those of Arabic ethnicity.
For Wayne County communities outside of Detroit
Contact your local city hall for information concerning local funds available to assist you.
Many banks and mortgage companies offer a variety of mortgages and loans
It is ALWAYS advisable to obtain counseling when seeking a mortgage to pay your taxes to prevent foreclosure. There are reputable non-profit organizations in some communities that provide home buyer and mortgage counseling. (If you live in Detroit, call the City of Detroit Planning Commission at (313) 224-6225 to find such a group.)

* All financial help is contingent upon qualifications and available funding. If you believe you were wrongfully denied State Emergency Relief, you may obtain free legal help from one of the agencies below:

For Free Counseling and Legal Assistance: