- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Members of Detroit’s City Council are expected to rally with some activist groups seeking to keep owner-occupied homes from tax foreclosure auctions and ending water service shutoffs to customers behind on their bills.

Councilwoman Mary Sheffield’s office says the rally will be held Wednesday afternoon outside the Wayne County Treasurer’s office.

Protesters also want to see a larger percentage of federal Hardest Hit Fund dollars used to prevent tax foreclosures. The fund was created in 2010 to provide $7.6 billion in targeted aid to 18 states and the District of Columbia deemed hardest hit by the economic and housing market downturn.

More than 14,000 tax-foreclosed properties in Wayne County — including Detroit — were scheduled for auction this year.

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