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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.

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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’s public housing agency has unveiled the design for the next phase in its ambitious plan to demolish and rebuild the James A. Cayce Homes, the city’s largest subsidized housing community.

The mixed-income complex is the first of its kind in the neighborhood. But the city has been scant on details and it’s leaving some residents anxious about the logistics of such a major overhaul.

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When Nashville applies for certain federal grants, its applications will now be moved to the top of the pile.

Officials announced Monday that the city was named one of thirteen federal “Promise Zones,” a distinction created by President Obama to give federal aid to fight poverty and crime.

Emily Siner / WPLN

A new low-income housing development is being lauded as the first of its kind in the state. 12 Garden Street, in Nashville's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, will house future pastors alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The first resident to sign on is 28-year-old Steven Greiner. He says he’s nervous to move out for the first time but excited to have more of a personal life — “to live as independently as I can," he says, "just living life [to the] fullest."