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Affordable Housing

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The executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency says Nashville wants more affordable housing but often ends up getting in its own way. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Ralph Perry noted that the city has blocked some developments that have been awarded low-income tax credits.

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Nashville is creating the city's first community land trust, the Mayor's office announced Tuesday. The trust will buy up property, maintain partial ownership and keep it affordable for generations of owners.


The Metro Housing Board moved ahead on a plan to pay for the construction of a $25-million-dollar East Nashville charter school. It's an unprecedented financing move that opens up the agency to risk by acting as both the developer and the lender for the project.

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Nashville's housing authority took a major step toward creating the city's new vision of public housing, which hopes to break up blocks of concentrated poverty with varying levels of income. Metro broke ground Wednesday on a new mixed-income building in East Nashville's James Cayce Homes. Called Kirkpatrick Park, it will be the first of its kind in the neighborhood.

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A group of community organizers is questioning whether Mayor Megan Barry’s proposed public transit plan could actually hurt communities more than it helps.


If a tax referendum is approved next year, the project would kick off with a light rail line on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville. But critics held a small march Tuesday to talk to residents and business owners along the proposed route.

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The Metro Development and Housing Agency is opening the waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers this week. It's the first time the city's housing authority has accepted new applicants since the summer of 2015. But in a market as hot as Nashville's, government vouchers are hardly a fast pass to affordable housing. 

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The Rev. Bill Barnes spent his life advocating for Nashville's poor and their access to affordable housing. The civil rights activist who Mayor Barry called "the conscience of our city" died Monday. He was 86.

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Nashville is looking for fresh ways to deal with its lack of affordable housing. And its newest idea uses a $25 million loan to rehab, buy or build new housing. It sounds straightforward, but there’s one catch: The city has to stay on and manage the units.

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South Nashville's Glencliff United Methodist Church has cleared all the bureaucratic hurdles to build a cluster of tiny homes for the homeless on its property. The only problem is the neighborhood hates the idea. They’ve hurled insults, fumed on Facebook and threatened to picket church services.

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Residents are pushing back as yet another one of Nashville’s affordable apartment complexes gets snapped up by investors. A group of Somali immigrants have banded together against a private equity firm set to take over their apartment building in Southeast Nashville.