08/19/2011

Detroit's first free home goes to officer

William Booker-Riggs, a mayoral bodyguard, was the first to take advantage of one of 10 free houses

Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing's ambitious plan to make Detroit homeowners out of 200 police officers who currently live outside the city awarded its first home Wednesday.

The project is designed to help the city reduce blight and crime and add a sense of security to its neighborhoods.

William Booker-Riggs, 38, a mayoral bodyguard, was the first to take advantage of one of 10 free houses donated to the city by Bank of America.

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