Detroit to Sell Homes to Cops for $1K

Mayor David Bing pushing to get officers within city limits
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2011 11:14 AM CST
Detroit to Sell Homes to Cops for $1K
A Detroit Police officer guards the entrance to the department's 6th Precinct in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has long leaned on the city’s police and firefighters to live inside the city limits—at least 53% commute in from the suburbs—and now he’s doing something to entice them. He’s introduced a new pilot program, dubbed “Project 14,” that will sell them renovated homes for as little as $1,000, CBS Detroit reports.

Project 14 will “take two challenges facing Detroit—public safety and vacant homes—and turn them into an opportunity for neighborhood revitalization,” Bing says. He added that the program won’t cost taxpayers a nickel; it’ll be financed by neighborhood stabilization funding and local banks. Click for more on Bing's revolutionary plans.
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