Pappas stations aide at PUSH to help save homes from tax sale

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Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is bringing her office to the 'hood. She has stationed Rosa Pritchett, an aide, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters to help property homeowners save their homes and to see if they qualify for $4,000 in senior exemption programs. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)

By Chinta Strausberg

Thanks to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas property homeowners don’t have to travel downtown to see if the County either owes them money or if somehow their homes are on the July 11 tax scavenger sale list.

Instead, they can come to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., where armed with a computer Pappas’ aide, Rosa Pritchett, can verify homeowners tax status including letting them know if the County has $4,000 just waiting for their signature.

Appearing at last Saturday’s live Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast, Pappas urged homeowners to come to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters to apply for $43 million she has on hand for missing senior citizen property tax exemptions and/or to search for $86 million in available refunds.

Homeowners can also find out if their delinquent taxes have been sold or will be offered at the July 11, 2019 Scavenger Tax Sale.

“Some homeowners are on the tax sale list for owing $1,000 and are about to be sold,” warned Pappas. ‘I have $4,000” she said they can qualify to have. She reported that 2500 homes in Chicago were sold for under $8,000.

Senior citizens should bring their driver’s license or state identification. According to Pappas, seniors whose income is $65,000 or less should bring their income tax returns.

Pritchett will be stationed at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters Tuesdays, 12 noon to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, 12 noon to 5 p.m., Fridays, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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