Chicago Mayor Learning You Can’t Pay Police to Live in High-Crime Neighborhoods Andrew Eager April 18, 2018 Current Events This post was originally published on this siteChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to get Chicago police officers and firefighters to spread out into the city’s struggling neighborhoods has yet to draw much interest. Six months after the mayor dangled a monetary carrot to try to get public safety professionals to purchase homes in high-crime parts of the South and West sides, just two police officers have taken advantage, according to the city Department of Planning and Development. And both closed on houses in the South Side Chatham neighborhood that’s already known as a favorite landing spot for first responders and other city workers, the Chicago Tribune reports. Emanuel’s program offers $30,000 loans to police officers and firefighters to buy a home in certain more violent areas of the city. If they stay for at least 10 years, they don’t have to pay the city back. It’s an idea employed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley in previous decades that Emanuel restarted last year. Because of the low participation so far, some aldermen are suggesting changes. But the mayor’s administration wants to see if the program gains steam as the weather warms up and more young officers enter the homebuying market. Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a week? Subscribe to award winning OnTarget newsletter! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.