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Operation Fresh Start

Flint, Michigan – July 23, 2014The City of Flint Police Department and Flint Lifelines have developed a program called Operation: Fresh Start which will offer residents with outstanding misdemeanor warrants in the City of Flint to find resolution and avoid jail time and court costs.  The program will focus on warrants by zip code, the first two being 48501 and 48502 for this event. The event will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Hubbard Building of the University of Michigan-Flint, off Chavez Drive near Campus Drive and Mill St.

Operation: Fresh Start features partners from the City of Flint, Genesee County, the State of Michigan and community-based organizations working together to offer settlement of minor civil infractions as well as help participants apply for a driver’s license, find assistance for health and human services, employment opportunities and continuing education advice.  This means that anyone with a primary address in the zip codes above is invited to attend and seek resolution to their legal problem.

Police Chief James Tolbert recognized a need for a program such as this after learning that there are about 23,000 outstanding warrants in the City of Flint dating all the way back to the 1970s. “The failure to address these violations has resulted in warrants being issued and driver responsibility fines being levied,” noted Chief Tolbert. “These warrants affect an individual’s ability to become employed and their ability to seek employment and to provide financially for their families. Given these pressures, there is a high probability that criminal conduct can occur.”

Chief Tolbert also plans on holding more Operation Fresh Start events for other zip code areas throughout Flint in the near future.  Residents from the 48501 and 48502 zip codes interested in participating must bring a valid photo ID with their current address showing they live in those areas.  Residents with felony warrants or misdemeanor warrants for child support, DUI and related offenses are not eligible.

Flint Police Department

James Tolbert, Chief
210 E. 5th Street
(810) 237-6800

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Quick Stats on Blight in Flint Today

  • There are approximately 22,000 vacant properties (lots and structures) in Flint today.
  • More than 20,000 vacant properties will need some form of blight removal in the next five years.
  • Once planned and funded demolition (through the Hardest Hit Fund and the Michigan Blight Elimination Grant) is complete, there will be more than 124,000 vacant lots in Flint.  One out of every four residential properties in Flint will be a vacant lot
  • Approximately 6,000 structures will need to be demolished over the next five years to eliminate blight (in addition to demolition already funded), at a cost of approximately $75.95 million.  71% of structures in need of demolition are privately owned.
  • Given current resources, there is a $102 million gap in removing blight over the next five years.
  • 90% of homeowners live in Traditional and Green Neighborhoods as designated with the new Master Plan.