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Multiple homeowners receive monetary gift to pay taxes

DETROIT -- Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree is pleased to announce that his office has accepted payments and donations from private donors to help taxpayers save their homes from property tax foreclosure by paying off their 2014 taxes. It was announced today.

"Our office has worked diligently to educate the public about ways to avoid property tax foreclosure. Recently, we had over 2,700 people in owner occupied properties that owed less than a $1,000 on 2014 delinquent property taxes. Our staff contacted each taxpayer and as a result, many paid taxes and the numbers decreased drastically," said Treasurer Sabree.

U-SNAP-BAC Non-Profit Housing Corporation contributors donated $48, 867.46 to help taxpayers save their homes. Executive Director of U-SNAP-BAC Non-Profit Housing Corporation Linda Smith says this donation was essential.

"I'm excited because this will allow families to remain in their homes with the support of this donation. For us, we would like to also offer the families financial coaching and education so that next year when the taxes come due they're not in jeopardy of losing their home again," said Smith. "We hope to assist them with setting up some type of banking account where they can deposit money on a monthly basis so, next year they will have the funds."