Poverty Exemption Application

You may qualify to have the taxes on your home exempted for 1 year for reasons of poverty.

If you are having, or anticipate having, difficulty paying your property taxes because of income restrictions, or changes in your income status, you may qualify for a Poverty Exemption for one year periods.

The State of Michigan allows a local unit of government to grant a Poverty Exemption based on guidelines adopted by City Council. Income levels may not exceed Federal Poverty Guidelines (or levels set above these guidelines, approved by the local government). The value of your residence may not exceed levels adopted by the local government, and there is a required asset level that may not be exceeded, to qualify.

The guidelines adopted by City Council are listed below and included in the application.

If you meet the guidelines, you may apply for a Poverty Exemption by February 26, 2015; July 16, 2015; or December 10, 2015.

If you have any questions, or need help filling out the application, please contact the Assessing Department at 313-386-1800 ext. 1239.

**Please note that you must fill out the application in it's entirety.  If a question does not apply to you, please write "N/A".

Size of Family Unit

2015 Poverty Guidelines

1 $14,200
2 $16,700
3 $20,000
4 $24,300
5 $28,000
6 $32,000
7 $36,300
8 $40,500

For each additional person, add

$ 4,100