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Step Forward Michigan

We are pleased to announce a new State resource for property tax assistance.

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Apply online at :

Or call: (866) 946-7432

Washtenaw County residents who qualify for the program can receive up to $30,000 in one-time assistance to pay past due property taxes, or taxes and mortgage payments combined.

Homeowners who all ready received Hardest Hit assistance cannot re-apply, however clients that previously applied and were ineligible because they were outside program parameters may reopen their application under the updated guidelines. Please visit to apply, or for more information on the program.

The basic eligibility requirements are:

  • The applicant is listed as an owner on the property
  • For properties with primary residence only
  • Household has less than 1 1/2 times the annual property tax available in cash and savings
  • Qualifying, involuntary hardship led to property taxes falling behind
  • Demonstrated ability to sustain mortgage and tax payments going forward

Documents to gather before applying:

  • Recent mortgage statement (if applicable)
  • Recent pay stub or other proof of income
  • Benefit statement if receiving unemployment, Social Security, or Disability income
  • Recent bank statement(s)
  • Property i.d. number and legal description of your property (from your mortgage documents or property tax bill)


Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary Talks with Channel 7 Detroit News and The Lucy Ann Lance Show About Step Forward Michigan

Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary was recently interviewed for a segment on Channel 7 Detroit news, and on the Lucy Ann Lance Show on 1290 AM WLBY for the Step Forward Michigan program. Click the links below for each segment.

Step Forward Channel 7 Detroit Report

Lucy Ann Lance 1290 AM WLBY - Help for Distressed Michigan Homeowners

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