Interactive map of 3,400 homes in Detroit and $21-million earmarked to fix or demolish them

The bureaucracy in the city of Detroit is so bad that the city can't spend the money it collects to knock down abandoned homes. 

An investigation by Fox 2's M.L. Elrick finds the city is sitting on millions of dollars it collected from insurance companies under a state law that allows municipalities to take a portion of insurance settlements to encourage homeowners to clean up after a disaster. If the owner doesn't take action after 120-days, the city can keep the money to clear up the mess. In thousands of cases the city cashed the checks and did nothing. 

How much money are we talking? Elrick's investigation determined around $21-million. He also obtained a list of 3,400 homes on city's Fire Escrow data base; homes the city claimed as a portion of a payout that went into the escrow account.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ELRICK'S FULL REPORT ABOUT HOW THE MONEY WORKS

The homes on this list have been converted to an interactive map at the top of this page. Are one of these homes in your neighborhood?  ZOOM IN AROUND THE MAP FOR BEST USE.

Click on the any red dot on the map to get an address. If there is a home in your neighborhood, fill out our form, take a picture and let us know about it. Our goal is to help clean up the neighborhoods and we need information to help get it done.

CLICK HERE TO FILE A REPORT WITH FOX 2


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