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Affordable Housing

courtesy of Urban Housing Solutions

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.


In one-on-one conversations with WPLN's Tony Gonzalez, Mayor David Briley and Councilman John Cooper share their thoughts on the big issues facing Nashville this election season — including policing, transportation and managing the city's growth. And you'll hear analysis from Tony Gonzalez and reporter Meribah Knight. 

Nashville mayor's race 2019
WPLN Staff

In the Nashville mayor’s race, multiple claims made by candidates on their campaign websites rely on inaccurate statistics or arrive at simplistic conclusions.

WPLN reporters recently reviewed the leading candidates’ websites, finding varying degrees of problematic information from Mayor David Briley, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Councilman John Cooper and retired professor Carol Swain.

Courtesy of MDHA

Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has a long history in the city. It built the first public housing in the late 1930’s, then pivoted to more commercial endeavors like the convention center and a parking garage. 

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A new Metro audit describes poor oversight of the city’s affordable housing fund. It reveals significant issues, including slipshod monitoring of how its money is spent.   

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Like every other city on the rise, Nashville’s stock of affordable housing is woefully inadequate: One study estimated the city needs to build almost 30,000 more units over the next five years to get back on track.

It’s a daunting number. And whoever leads the city will have to grapple with it.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

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. Especially when it comes to affordable housing.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

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.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

The Mayor’s Office is dedicating $500 million toward boosting affordable housing in Nashville, much of which will go toward converting low-income housing into mixed income.

Over the next decade Nashville promises to put $350 million toward the housing authority’s plan to rebuild the city’s aging public housing as a mixture of low, moderate and higher income apartments.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

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.