NOAH Issues

NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena.

NOAH members and delegates together decided the key focus issues of the organization. They are: affordable housing, criminal justice, and economic equity


Affordable Housing

NOAH’s platform on Affordable Housing includes: 

  • Preserve and produce affordable housing through recurring funding for the Barnes Housing Trust Fund, inclusionary housing policies, and creative uses of federal, state and local funds.

  • Prevent displacement through home repair assistance, property tax relief for long-time residents, homeowner education, and other efforts.

  • Create a structure of accountability for affordable housing needs, such as an adequately staffed Mayor’s Office of Affordable Housing.

Go HERE for more information on progress and recent successes achieved by NOAH’s Affordable Housing Task Force. 

Additional Information/Resources on Affordable Housing: 

A pdf of the Glossary of affordable housing terms and Players is HERE.
Click HERE for a pdf of NOAH’s Affordable Housing Platform and a short list of recent successes and where we are now on this issue.

The Task Force Co-chairs are: 
Paulette Coleman,

Phil Manz,

Criminal Justice

NOAH’s platform on criminal justice includes: 

  • Reduce the Metro Jail population and General Sessions Docket by 50 percent through alternatives to arrest using evidence-based, problem‑solving mechanisms and restorative-justice options. 

  • Eliminate racial disparities in police stops, school suspensions, and Juvenile Court referrals. 

Additional information on NOAH’s Criminal Justice Task Force is HERE

The Task Force Chairs are:  
Kyle Mothershead, 
Linda Robinson, 


Economic Equity

NOAH’s platform on economic equity includes: 

  • Promote transparency in public projects and incentives given to companies, including audits of all incentives that show the amount received and jobs created. 

  • Institute local hiring and training requirements that fill jobs with formerly underemployed and unemployed Davidson County residents through high-quality training programs, apprenticeships, and existing educational programs.

  • Attach tangible and measurable community benefits to projects in high‑poverty areas that will aid low- and middle-income residents through equitable neighborhood economic development (e.g., Community Benefit Agreements, community wealth-building initiatives). 

Additional information on NOAH’s Economic Equity Task Force is HERE.  

The Task Force Chairs are: 
Odessa Kelly, 
Suzie Johnson, 


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