Only Six Cops Take Advantage of Cut-Rate Homes
With much publicity more than a year ago, Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan to to lure police and firefighters back to the city.
The plan was simple: Sell them rehabbed homes on the cheap.
So far, six houses have been sold, and it has cost taxpayers $5 million in federal grant money to fix up the half dozen homes.
Bing said he wanted to reverse a decades-long flight of cops from the city, a process that began even before the state outlawed residency requirements in 1999. About half the city's 3,000 officers now live outside the city.