'Live near your work' program aims to reduce traffic congestion

D.C. has launched a new pilot program that would pay people to move to the District to be closer to their work.

The program is called "Live Near Your Work" and is a partnership with Gallaudet and American Universities.

This spring, ten employees from each campus will receive $6,000 from the city, matched by another $6,000 from their employers, to purchase homes less than 2.5 miles away from their jobs.

"More than 75 percent of our employees live an hour, sometimes two hours away," said Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz.

Organizers hope the program will bring Maryland and Virginia residents into D.C., which also means more tax revenue for the city.

They say it will also mean less traffic, less pollution and a more reliable work force.

But in D.C.'s housing market, is $12,000 enough to make a difference?

"It's certainly not going to affect everybody, but there are going to be some people who fall within a band where that money will make a difference," said D.C. Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning.

Whatever your income, you would be able to qualify, said Tregoning.

That means even the wealthiest could participate.

Organizers say they are following best practices from cities across the country.

In addition, officials at Gallaudet say the program will bring at least 10 new residents to the neighborhood's surrounding campus who are deaf, hard of hearing or at least fluent in American sign language.

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