DJJ'niks turned out for actions this week to raise our voices against mass foreclosures in Detroit and unconstitutional tax assessments. On Thursday, we joined The Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures and Moratorium NOW in protest outside Wayne County Treasurer's Eric Sabree's home, and on Tuesday, at his office downtown.
6,800 properties were foreclosure upon this summer and it's estimated that 788 are currently occupied by owners and 1,132 by renters. A recent study by Bernadette Atuahene, a visiting professor at Wayne State focusing on this issue, found that a shocking 95% of lower-valued homes are overassessed on their taxes by the city. Professor Atuahene shares that "We haven't seen this number of property tax foreclosures in American history since the Great Depression."
Click here for a Detroit News article with more in-depth information and video of the Thursday protest. Check out photos of the DJJ crew below.
Gabe Slabosky is a Metro Detroit native and currently lives in Hamtramck. A longtime DJJ leader, he serves as our Land and Housing liaison. He is excited to keep you posted on what you can do to support the housing struggle.