What if Maitland’s government bought some of the city’s foreclosed homes and rented them to its police, firefighters and other city staffers?
The idea was floated on Monday night by Councilman Ivan Valdes, who said a program like that would work to improve property values, lower crime rates and make the city an affordable place to live for those who work there.
“I see no reason as to why the city can’t turn a bunch of positives together and make a 4 to 5 percent return on the money and provide value to the residents of the community,” Valdes said.
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