Seniors Feel Pinch To Find Affordable Housing In Nashville

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:33:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's not many places you can go in Nashville and not see development, but as the city makes way for the next generation of professionals, another group could be left out.

"Yes, there's a great story here, Nashville is booming! There's the Gulch, and the Frist and its wonderful for people who can afford it," Kathryn Huddleston said.

Huddleston has spent years volunteering with senior citizens. She now considers herself the voice for those who lack the courage to speak up, especially about affordable housing for the elderly.

"I want people to take this seriously because the baby boomers are increasing, it's going to get worse," Huddleston explained.

Places, like Villa Maria Manor on White Bridge Road, have been feeling the pinch for years. The waiting list to move in there is not a short one.

"Today it's 26 months," Administrator Sue Clinton said.

Clinton speaks to people every day who need an affordable home.

"I've already talked to two people this morning that I couldn't help and one was actually living in her automobile," she said.

Her property is just one on a list of others with waiting lists just as long.

"We just don't have enough housing for people with low incomes," Huddleston said.

Veteran Bob Bratcher, age 84, lives alone in an area that sees a lot of crime. He's attempted to get his name on a property list every day for the last four months but he'll keep trying.

"Hang in there, hope for the best," said Bratcher.

Huddleston hopes city leaders will make room for some of the Music City's most vulnerable.

"I know they may not make as much profit but you know these are the people who built this city, that served in this city for 50, 60 years and here they are, nowhere to go," Huddleston said.