WORRIED ABOUT LOSING YOUR HOME? YOU HAVE OPTIONS

If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments or are worried you will not be able to pay your 2020 City of Milwaukee Property Tax bill when it arrives in December, you are not alone. Many households have been hit hard by the COVD-19 pandemic or are experiencing financial hardship for other reasons. On this page you will find information on mortgage assistance grants, nonprofit financial counseling agencies, and options for paying your 2020 City of Milwaukee Property Tax bill.

MORTGAGE HELP

If you can’t make your mortgage payment as a result of COVID-19, we recommend that you reach out to your mortgage servicer (the entity you make your mortgage payment to every month) right away to ask about the relief options they are offering to borrowers. Learn more here.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
If you have already missed mortgage payments due to COVID-19 and you live within Milwaukee County, you may be eligible to receive financial support in the form of a grant for past-due payments. The purpose of the Milwaukee County Mortgage Assistance Program is to aid in foreclosure prevention by providing emergency assistance to homeowners who are delinquent in their mortgage payments due to job loss or reduced work hours and wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing Resources, Inc. is accepting applications for Milwaukee County Mortgage Assistance through December 18, 2020. Depending on eligibility and date of income interruption, direct one-time assistance on behalf of the homeowner(s) may be provided for up to six (6) months. Missed mortgage payments starting March 1, 2020 will be reviewed to the date of application. Additional payments will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. View eligibility guidelines, a list of the required documents, and apply online here. Contact the Mortgage Help Line at 414-369-6914 or email mortgagehelp@hri-wi.org.

GREENPATH FINANCIAL WELLNESS
GreenPath’s foreclosure prevention services are free. Their HUD-certified housing counselors can talk to your lender, help you apply for specific programs, and explore options to help you stay in your home. If you have already applied for mortgage forbearance and your pause in payments is coming to and end, utilize this online course developed by GreenPath to help you understand the options you may have available. Get suggestions for next steps that are most aligned with your goals.
Contact: 877-290-6974 or visit www.GreenPath.com

MEDIATE MILWAUKEE
If you have already received a foreclosure filing notice, contact Mediate Milwaukee to apply for mediation services. Foreclosure mediation helps homeowners facing foreclosure work with their mortgage companies through the assistance of a mediator. The mediator is a professional who understands mortgage companies’ loan modification review process and who is trained to improve communication between the parties. Mediate Milwaukee staff can help you explore options to allow that may allow you to keep your home, or plan a respectable exit strategy.
Call: 414-939-8800 or visit www.mediatewisconsin.org/foreclosure


PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

The City of Milwaukee Combined Property Tax Bill is sent to all City of Milwaukee residents in December of each year. Failure to pay your bill in full OR make your first installment payment by January 31, 2021 will result in your account becoming delinquent. Read on for information on how to enroll in the City’s property tax payment plan and changes to how you can pay your bill.

10-MONTH INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLAN
If you are unable to pay the entire balance of your Property Tax Bill, the City of Milwaukee Treasurer’s office offers a 10-month, interest free payment plan. To qualify, your real estate tax bill must be more than $100 and you must make your first installment payment by January 31. Subsequent installments are due on or before the last day of the month from February through October. Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to enroll in the City Treasurer’s Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for the Property Tax Installment Payment Plan to assure monthly installments due are made in the correct amount and on time. To enroll call 414-286-2240 or visit www.milwaukee.gov/treasurer/eft

Need additional assistance?
If you need assistance navigating the payment plan or help in sorting out your finances, contact GreenPath Financial Wellness at 877-290-6974. GreenPath offers financial counseling on a variety of topics, including foreclosure prevention, debt and credit counseling, and property tax concerns. Their free Debt Management Program is able to administer payments to creditors, including property tax payments. GreenPath offers counseling or interpretation services via phone or in-person in over 170 languages.

HOW TO PAY YOUR BILL
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Milwaukee Treasurer’s office will not be open to the public to take in-person payments until further notice. Additionally, as of March of 2020, US Bank is no longer offering a pay-at-the-branch service. See below for payment options.

  1. 10 DROP BOX LOCATIONS
    (1) Inside the City Hall Market Street Entrance – Available 24 hours/day
    (1) Outside the Municipal Building on Market Street – Available 24 hours/day
    (1) Broadway Entrance to Municipal Building – Available Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-4:45PM
    (7) Police District Stations – Available 24 hours/day
  2. PAY BY MAIL VIA POST OFFICE
    Use the remittance envelope sent with your bill.
  3. PAY ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE
    Visit www.milwaukee.gov/treasurer or call 414-286-2240 to pay by credit/debit card (2.75% convenience fee) or ACH debit checking/savings (no convenience fee).