Rev. Bill Barnes Nashville Commits To Financing Its Affordable Housing Fund, Despite Tight Budget By Meribah Knight • Jun 15, 2018 Tony Gonzalez / WPLN Listen Listening... / 1:39 Hear the radio version of this story. Despite Nashville's budget shortfall, Mayor David Briley is now promising to preserve the city's only dedicated fund for affordable housing. Stalwart To Nashville’s Poor, Rev. Bill Barnes Dies At 86 By Meribah Knight • Aug 21, 2017 courtesy Office of Megan Barry Listen Listening... / 1:53 Hear the radio version of this story. 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.