This is an interesting program. Baltimore has this program that if you buy a house near where you work, your employer and the city will each chip in $1,000 for a cool reward of $2,000.
Via CoolTown Studios.
That's $1000 from the City, and $1000 from the employer. The State used to contribute $1000 as well - don't know what happened to that. What's in it for the City? Less expense on public roads and transit. What's in it for the employer? Happier, more productive employees who don't waste 1-2 hours a day in traffic, and safer surrounding neighborhoods through the residential investment. The employer stipulates what 'live near your work' really means as far as eligibility goes, and you have to repay 20% of the grant back for each year under five years that you live there.
What a great program. Yes, employees will be happy to, knowing that they'll earn extra by living closer and not dealing with traffic congestions.