The day after a shootout at the site of the future Atlanta Public Safety training center ended with one protester dead and one Georgia State Patrol trooper in the hospital, Atlanta officials announced another initiative aimed at increasing the police presence in the city. Mayor Andre Dickens and Councilmember Amir Farokhi announced they are working to allocate $500,000 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) money to fund a community-based housing incentive for the city’s public safety officers. The funds would be administered by the Atlanta Police Foundation to provide a housing subsidy to firefighters, police officers and corrections officials to incentivize residency near their stations or zones.
“People who work in Atlanta should be able to afford to live in Atlanta,” said Dickens. “My Administration has prioritized the development of affordable housing for our workforce. This investment will help our public safety personnel live in the communities they serve. Thank you to Councilmember Farokhi for helping move this initiative forward.”
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