Jim Harbison is stepping down as executive director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. His resignation was announced Friday, noting that he will stay on through December to assist the transition to a new leader.
Nashville housing advocates are calling out Mayor John Cooper for what they say is a failure to follow one of his key campaign messages.
The clearest loser in Metro’s emergency budget plan is the Barnes Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Some nonprofit developers were surprised to learn this month that they would not be receiving anticipated grants worth up to $2 million this year.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper enters office with a strong mandate from the city’s voters. Nearly 70% backed him and the ideas he championed, which were numerous and detailed: He proudly handed out 46-page policy platform booklets while campaigning.
An affordable housing development in North Nashville opened more units, with a focus on the arts. The development at 26th Avenue North and Clarksville Highway includes 43 apartments set aside for working artists. They’re among 168 apartments that are eventually planned for what’s envisioned as a multi-generational, arts-inspired community.
The mayor’s office announced plans to build two new affordable housing developments in North and East Nashville. It’s the first step in Mayor David Briley’s Under One Roof plan—to spend $500 million building affordable housing over the next decade.
Listen / Tennessee has some of the most far-reaching state laws overwriting local policies on things like minimum wage, paid sick time and affordable housing, according to a new study from the Partnership for Working Families. And some experts say Tennessee’s effort to put the interests of business first on such issues could actually slow Nashville’s growth. […]
Listen / For the first time, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is running local radio and TV ads, hoping to attract a different kind of tenant than it typically serves.
Listen / Oakland Court in Murfreesboro is a small, sleepy complex. Driving through the 20-acre neighborhood filled with tidy lawns and compact brick homes, you may not even realize it’s public housing. But the city has plans to tear down and rebuild this development.
Listen / A new approach on affordable housing advanced this week in Nashville. The Metro government gave 15 vacant properties to a nonprofit that will help create low-cost, single-family homes.