Because the City of Detroit has failed to reassess the property value of homes since 2008, Detroit resident Walter Hicks pays property.
“I was embarrassed to see the foreclosure notice—and then I looked down my block. Almost everyone had one.” -Walter Hicks, Detroit resident.
There are several homes on Walter Hick's block that have either gone into foreclosure or gone into foreclosure and then have been condemned.
"As a Black man, I've always wanted to own my own home. And I take pride in my house." -Walter Hicks, Detroit resident.
The most recent foreclosure on Walter Hicks' block is right next door to his own home. And if he cannot get the poverty exemption, he fears his home will be next.
Under the immense financial burden of inflated property taxes, Walter Hicks struggles to make repairs on his Detroit home.
When Walter Hicks applied for a poverty exemption on his property taxes, he was denied. The city told him that he owned another house on the city's east side. As it turns out, they had the wrong Walter, yet still the city continues to deny him the poverty exemption.
Walter Hicks struggles to pay his property taxes each month and says it feels like he can never get ahead. "It seems like I've been in this tax loop paying taxes forever. And I don't see no light to it." -Walter Hicks, Detroit resident.
"I was born and raised in Detroit ... all my life. And I love my city. I wouldn't wan't to be anywhere else but here ... If they let me stay." - Walter Hicks, Detroit resident
"I looked down my whole block, and then I went to the next block and at least 90 percent of the houses had (foreclosure) tags on them." -Walter Hicks, Detroit resident.
“I just want to be treated fairly” -Walter Hicks, Detroit resident.