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Affordable Housing

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Despite Nashville's budget shortfall, Mayor David Briley is now promising to preserve the city's only dedicated fund for affordable housing.

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Nashville's housing authority says that by summer's end every single unit of public housing in the city will no longer be traditional public housing.

It's part of a sweeping overhaul of Nashville's low-income developments, many of which date back to the late 1930s. The bold concept means asking the federal government to hand over the title on every single piece of public housing, essentially turning the city into a private landlord.

Joe Buglewicz

Nashville's housing director Jim Harbison says he isn't worried quite yet about the federal government's proposal to raise rents for low income households. Responding to U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson's controversial plan, Harbison said it's too early for his office to take the proposal seriously.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A group of Metro Council members are looking for yet another way to stem the loss of affordable housing in Nashville. It involves keeping a close eye on the numbers.

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Nashville's housing authority is in preliminary talks with Fisk University to co-develop its campus along with a nearby public housing complex, an official said Monday at a Metro Council budget hearing.

 

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The city estimates it needs 31,000 more units over the next seven years, a number it's unlikely to keep pace with. Nashville's next mayor will have no choice but to face this dramatic housing shortage. But most candidates don't have concrete solutions. 

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One of the lingering disagreements over Nashville’s transit proposal is how it would impact development along proposed light rail and rapid bus corridors — and if it would intensify the gentrification already happening.

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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.

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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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