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In carrying out its goals, the Coalition has organized a class action lawsuit to address constitutional violations resulting from the City of Detroit’s failure to give homeowners proper notice of their tax assessments.

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Academic Resources

Predatory Cities,108 California Law Review 107 (2020).

California Law Review | Bernadette Atuahene | Feb. 2020

Congressional Testimony of Professor Bernadette Atuahene

Michigan House of Representatives | Bernadette Atuahene | August 2019

Full Report: Preventing Owner-Occupied Property Tax Foreclosures in Detroit: Improving Access to the Poverty Tax Exemption

Alexa Eisenberg & Roshanak Mehdipanah (UM School of Public Health), Ted Phillips and Michele Oberholtzer (United Community Housing Coalition) | December 2018

Taxed Out: Illegal property tax assessments and the epidemic of tax foreclosures in Detroit

Chicago-Kent College of Law | Bernadette Atuahene | June 2018

“Our Taxes Are Too Damn High”: Institutional Racism, Property Tax Assessments, and the Fair Housing Act

Northwestern University | Bernadette Atuahene | June 2018


Chicago-Kent College of Law | Bernadette Atuahene, Timothy Hodge | Jan. 2018

Disinvesting in the City: The Role of Tax Foreclosure in Detroit

Urban Affairs Review 2015, Vol. 51(5) 587–615 | Margaret Dewar1, Eric Seymour, and Oana Druta

Assessment Inequity in a Declining Housing Market: The Case of Detroit

Timothy R. Hodge, Mark Skidmore, Gary Sands, Daniel McMillen | Sep. 2013

Media Coverage

How Unfair Property Taxes Keep Black Families From Gaining Wealth

Bloomberg News | Jason Grotto | March 2021

Detroit's Lowest-Valued Homes Continue To Be Over-Assessed, Advocates Say

WDET | Eli Newman | March 2021

Economists back study that found Detroit is still inflating property taxes

The Detroit News | Christine Ferretti | March 2021

Anti-foreclosure activists demand more help in Detroit

Michigan Advance | Ken Coleman | Jan. 2021

ACLU, Tlaib Call for Foreclosure Ban to Continue in Detroit

WDET | Eli Newman | Oct. 2020
‘Black Homes Matter’: Detroit advocates speak out on foreclosures, assessments

Bridge Detroit | Olivia Lewis | Aug. 2020
Detroit Leaders Putting an End to Unjust Property Tax Forecloses

Detroit Is It | John Bozick | July 2020
Activists propose Detroit fund for overtaxed homeowners

The Detroit News | Christine MacDonald | July 2020
High court: Michigan counties cannot make profit on tax-foreclosed homes

The Detroit News | Beth LeBlanc | July 2020

The Scandal of the Predatory City

The New York Times | Bernadette Atuahene | June 2020
Detroit housing shortage, evictions set stage for COVID-19 housing crisis

Michigan News | Jeff Karoub and Lauren Slagter | May 2020
Detroit faces reckoning, lawsuit from over-taxed homeowners

Michigan Radio | Sarah Cwiek | Feb. 2020
Detroit homeowners overtaxed $600 million

The Detroit News | Christine MacDonald | Jan. 2020
Effort to stave off Detroit foreclosures leaves many deeper in debt

The Detroit News | Christine MacDonald | Dec. 2019
New program would clear property tax debt for poorest Detroit homeowners

Michigan Radio | Sarah Cwiek | Aug. 2019
Why more demolitions won't stop Detroit's blight

Detroit Metro Times | Maryam Jayyousi | June 2019
FBI scrutinizes Sabree property dealings; family underpaid taxes

The Detroit News | Christine MacDonald and Robert Snell | March 2019

Detroit property tax relief plan gets new life

The Detroit News | Christine MacDonald | Oct. 2018

Foreclosed for the cost of an iPhone. That’s life in Wayne County.

Michigan Radio | Sarah Alvarez, Bridge Magazine & Detroit Journalism Cooperative | May 2018

Detroit’s housing crisis is the work of its own government

Vice | Mark Betancourt | Dec. 2017

Wealthy San Francisco residents to get private street back, despite skipping taxes for decades

The Washington Post | Avi Selk | Nov. 2017

Study: High assessments might have contributed to Detroit's foreclosure crisis

The Washington Post | Amy Dobson | Oct. 2017

Don't Let Detroit's Revival Rest on an Injustice

New York Times | Bernadette Atuahene | July 2017

Study finds Detroit's foreclosure crisis fueled by illegal tax assessments

Detroit Metro Times | Violet Ikonomova | July 2017

Law prof. says 85% of Detroit homes taxed illegally, contributing to massive foreclosure rates

Michigan Radio | STATESIDE STAFF | July 2017

Scenes From the Foreclosure Crisis: Water, Land and Housing in Michigan

truthout | Anne Elizabeth Moore & Melissa Mendes | July 2017

Detroit's homeowners deserve better

The Detroit News | Bernadette Atuahene | Jan. 2017

Detroit's tax foreclosures indefensible

Detroit Free Press | Bernadette Atuahene | Sep. 2016