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 hereContact 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

METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL
Did you know that state and federal laws prohibit people from charging you up front for help with foreclosure prevention, or with lowering your mortgage interest rate? Collecting your money first, before help is provided, is illegal and a scam. Scam artists often target homeowners who are struggling to meet their mortgage. If you think you may have been victimized by a mortgage rescue scam contact the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council at 414-278-1240.


CITY OF MILWAUKEE
2020 PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

The City of Milwaukee Combined Property Tax Bill is sent to all City of Milwaukee property owners 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 pay your bill using the City’s property tax installment payment plan and changes to how payments are being accepted this year due to the pandemic.

City of Milwaukee Treasurer’s 10-month Interest Free Installment Payment Plan
If you are unable to pay the entire balance of your City of Milwaukee Property Tax Bill, the Treasurer’s office offers a 10-month, interest free installment 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 (this amount will be noted on your bill). 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 installment payments are made in the correct amount and on time. To enroll in EFT or to learn more call 414-286-2240 or visit www.milwaukee.gov/treasurer/eft

GreenPath Financial Wellness
If you need assistance navigating the payment plan, are already behind on your property taxes, or need 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.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity currently has a Tax Foreclosure Prevention Grant available to homeowners in the Harambee, Midtown, Washington Park, Metcalf Park, and Amani communities.  This is a one time grant to help you with your delinquent property taxes with a $1500 maximum payout amount. An application must be filled out along with an agreement for percentage of the delinquency to be paid along with a one time financial counseling class.
Contact: Paula Butler pbutler@milwaukeehabitat.org or 414-316-5613

HOW TO PAY YOUR 2020 CITY OF MILWAUKEE PROPERTY TAX 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:

CITY-WIDE DROP BOX LOCATIONS
Inside the City Hall Market Street Entrance – Available 24 hours/day
Outside the City Municipal Building on Market Street – Available 24 hours/day
Broadway Entrance to City Municipal Building – Available Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-4:45PM
Police District Stations – Available 24 hours/day

PAY BY MAIL VIA POST OFFICE
Use the remittance envelope sent with your bill.

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).