EMAIL SENT TO THE NOAH EMAIL LIST ON JULY 28, 2020
The COVID-19 health crisis has created a massive economic crisis, across the country and here in Nashville as well. Thousands of Nashville citizens already cost burdened by high rents are now facing eviction due to job loss.
But we can do something about it! Metro government has received $121 million in CARES Act funding to help with the impact of these COVID-19 crises. Some has already been spent for laptops for MNPS students and other items.
The NOAH Affordable Housing Task Force wants to see $10-$15 million of Metro’s CARES Act monies allocated IMMEDIATELY for a rent assistance fund.
- Nashville’s unemployment rate is 11.4%. The federal government’s unemployment boost to the unemployed has ended.
- As of July 22, 3,583 evictions have been filed, and more are coming. Preventing eviction is much easier than finding homes for homeless families!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There is a committee that is advising the Mayor and Council on how to use this CARES Act money. You can email the committee, the Mayor, and the Metro Council with one email. (Complete list of committee members is HERE.) We want to encourage these people to ACT NOW with rent assistance help.
A sample email is below. Just copy all of the email addresses here at one time. Then put them all in the address line.
Ms. Sara Finley <email@example.com>
Mr. Ed Henley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr. Harold Love <email@example.com>
Ms. Vonda McDaniel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mr. Junaid Odubeko <email@example.com>
Council Member Jennifer Gamble <Jennifer.Gamble@nashville.gov>
Council Member Courtney Johnston <Courtney.Johnston@nashville.gov>
Council Member Sandra Sepulveda <Sandra.Sepulveda@nashville.gov>
Mayor John Cooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chief of Staff Bill Phillips <Bill.Phillips@nashville.gov>
All Metro Council Members <email@example.com>
SUBJECT LINE: NOAH - Prevent Evictions with CARES $$ for Rent Assistance
The COVID-19 health crisis has created a massive economic crisis in Nashville. Thousands of Nashville residents already cost burdened by high rents are now facing eviction due to job loss.
-> The federal boost to the unemployed has ended.
-> As of July 22, 3,583 evictions have been filed in Nashville, with more to come.
-> 31% of Tennesseans missed paying last month’s rent or mortgage or don't think they can pay next month.
We can do something about it! Metro government has $121 million in federal CARES Act funding to help with the impact of COVID-19.
The NOAH Affordable Housing Task Force is asking the CARES Act Funding Committee, Mayor Cooper, and the Metro Council to allocate $10-$15 million of Metro’s CARES Act monies IMMEDIATELY for a rent assistance fund.
Cities like Austin, Atlanta, St. Louis and Cleveland have already launched housing relief funds using CARES Act monies to help their residents stay in their homes.
Please ACT NOW to prevent the tidal wave of evictions that is coming!