This report builds on the findings of the Blight Removal Task Force and the 2018 Neighbor
to Neighbor report. Those findings illustrated how Detroit’s struggle with vacancy and
blight is linked to the tax foreclosure and sale of hundreds of distressed Detroit properties
As part of ongoing efforts to address the tax foreclosure crisis, the Quicken Loans
Community Fund partnered with 20+ organizations to build Neighbor to Neighbor, a
citywide door-to-door canvassing effort that provides information and resources to Detroit
residents at risk of losing their homes to tax foreclosure. 2019 marked the second year
of Neighbor to Neighbor tax foreclosure prevention canvassing.
Using grants provided by the Quicken Loans Community Fund, Neighbor to Neighbor partner
organizations hired more than 150 Detroit residents to canvass Detroit neighborhoods.
These residents were paid $15 an hour to knock on the doors of the nearly 60,000 Detroit
homes that owe delinquent taxes. Canvassers delivered critical information to help residents
avoid tax foreclosure and collected data to inform the tax foreclosure prevention efforts
of the Quicken Loans Community Fund, the United Community Housing Coalition, and
other organizations united in our efforts.
Presented here are the findings of the 2019 Neighbor to Neighbor Tax Foreclosure Census.
The information collected through Neighbor to Neighbor is supporting tax foreclosure
prevention investments from the Quicken Loans Community Fund and has contributed
to reducing tax foreclosures in 2019 to their lowest level in more than a decade.