Reparations is possible! Family Celebrates New Home after Illegal Foreclosure
Anti-foreclosure activists made a family whole, demand City follow their example with reparations for others victimized by illegal foreclosures
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DETROIT – Thursday, June 14 at 2:00 pm, Sonja Bonnett and her family will be officially celebrating the move to their new home. Wayne County took their previous home in an illegal foreclosure. Bonnett her family and the other anti-foreclosure activists who worked to get the new home see the move as an example of reparations that are owed other families who have lost their homes because of unconstitutional property tax assessments and poor advertisement of the Poverty Tax Exemption.
Thousands of families in Detroit have had their property assessed at values higher than legally allowed by the Michigan Constitution and to add insult to injury were never informed that they could apply for the Poverty Tax Exemption. Because of this double whammy, from 2011 to 2015, the Wayne County treasurer foreclosed upon about one in four Detroit properties for nonpayment of property taxes. Over 100,000 working families have lost their homes, and many Detroit neighborhoods have been devastated. Bonnet and her family consider themselves fortunate but believe the thousands of other families across Detroit also deserve compensation for illegal seizure of their homes.
Sonja Bonnett and family
The Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosure
Bernadette Atuahene, Wayne Law Visiting Professor, author of the study on illegal foreclosures;