Affordable Housing and Gentrification Task Force

NOAH’s Progress with Affordable Housing Issues


  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, over 1800 NOAH members met with Mayor Megan Barry and other officials about affordable housing and transit, as well as other NOAH issues.  A Tennessean article is HERE.

  • Two op-eds were written for the Tennessean by members of the NOAH Affordable Housing Task Force:  Oct. 26, 2017 and Dec. 8, 2017

  • Sunday, July 16, 2017, representatives from the Mayor's Office met with NOAH leaders on Nashville’s affordable housing need, reported HERE by Fox17.

  • The Mayor’s Office published the Housing Report, recognizing that Nashville needs 31,000 new affordable housing rental units by 2025, reported HERE in The Tennessean.


  • On February 19, 2017, NOAH held a public meeting with Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell, Property Assessor Vivian Wilhoite, and over 100 NOAH leaders about property tax relief programs.  A new property assessment was driving up property taxes in some areas as much as 57%.  A Tennessean article is HERE.



  • Focused Mayoral campaigns on affordable housing and stamped affordable housing on the public consciousness as a critical issue;

  • Have a Mayor’s Office of Housing with director and a manager of the Barnes Housing Trust Fund;

  • Ad-Hoc Affordable Housing Committee of Metro Council created;

  • $10 million for Barnes Trust Fund in city budget annually (no recurring funding);

  • $25 million in General Obligation Bonds in city budget to buy low-income housing at risk of being bought by developers who would then drive up the rent;

  • Inclusionary zoning and developer subsidy bills passed by Council, although these need strengthening;

  • Affordable housing expert appointed to MDHA Board; Metro Planning Commission members appointed who are sympathetic to affordable housing;

  • Publicized and assisted lower-income elderly homeowners in accessing existing programs of property tax assistance;

  • Successfully pushed for an affordable housing plan from the Mayor's Office, although this plan presently lacks measurable goals, a timeline, and resources. 



  • We deeply appreciate the work that Mayor Barry and her office have done. She has done more than any mayor EVER has for affordable housing — with $10 million for the Barnes Fund and a new developer incentive of $2 million. At the same time, she is presiding over the biggest LOSS of affordable housing in Nashville’s history.

  • Thousands of affordable units are being lost, with formerly subsidized apartments turning market-rate (Howe Gardens, Edmondson Manor, Park at Hillside, Metro Manor, James Robertson Apts, others). Many affordable homes are torn down to build incredibly expensive “tall-and-skinnies.”

  • Urban neighborhoods are gentrifying rapidly and low and moderate income people are being pushed to Antioch or Madison and often out of the county. Historic Nashville’s list of endangered buildings now includes an entire neighborhood — Cleveland Park in East Nashville.

  • The “Housing Nashville” report says Nashville needs 31,000 affordable units. Nashville is becoming unaffordable to service workers and even police officers and teachers. Of all renters, 44% are “cost-burdened,” paying more than 30% of income in rent. Over 70% of low‑income renters are cost-burdened.

  • We celebrate the recent allocation of grants to non-profits from the Barnes Fund. With Barnes Fund money and matching funding, the non-profits project to build 332 housing units. However, at this rate, it would take 60 years to meet the present need for affordable housing. This assumes that the need does not increase every year, which it does. We MUST make a bigger impact!

  • In 2017, property values in Nashville were reassessed. Some areas faced property value increases of 57%, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods. Increasing property taxes are pressuring elderly, lower-income homeowners, accelerating gentrification even more. Nashville is facing an affordable housing crisis, and we need to keep the affordable housing that we have. As a city, we need to be as serious about affordable housing as about stadiums and convention centers.


The Task Force Chairs are: 
Paulette Coleman,