Metro’s Affordable Housing Task Force to meet for the first time today

Posted at 6:37 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 08:12:07-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Finding affordable housing is a problem in Nashville, and while it won't be fixed overnight, the city is hoping to get one step closer Thursday afternoon.

Metro’s Affordable Housing Task Force will meet for the first time, along with several other agencies, to discuss what Mayor John Cooper is calling a very complex issue.

The group consists of people with housing and development backgrounds. They will focus on creating policies, such as how the city can create and keep affordable housing at all levels, accessibility, financing options from at the state and federal level and policies that keep people in their neighborhoods even as they change.

At-large Metro Council Member Zulfat Suara and MDHA's Kay Bowers are on the task force and are hopeful for change.

“We want to look at policy, we want to look at financing, land use, these are areas we have to look at collectively to find a solution,” said Suara.

“Different housing populations need different tools in order to get housed and stay housed and be stable,” Bowers added.

Mayor John Cooper wants to keep all meetings transparent, so all recordings will be posted on the city's website.