Council advances affordable housing bill during short meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:47pm

With the budget out of the way, the Metro Council sped through a thin agenda Tuesday night, adjourning no more than 30 minutes after the meeting was called to order.

The council advanced a bill to create Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing, named after housing advocate Rev. Bill Barnes, with the first of three votes. Council approval for the measure, which Dean laid out in his State of Metro address last month, would seem to be a mere formality.

The ordinance would create the trust fund, with money from existing grants, as well as a seven-member Metro Housing Trust Fund Commission to oversee it. The commission, according to the mayor’s office, will award grants to fund “renovation or construction of affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, project-based rental assistance, and other supportive efforts to encourage affordability.” Specific criteria for awarding the grants will be established by the commission and approved by the council.

In other business, the council approved a late resolution from Councilmen Jason Holleman and Charlie Tygard permanently extending a program offering free parking meters for environmentally friendly vehicles.

3 Comments on this post:

By: 4gold on 6/19/13 at 7:10

Congratulations to Tygard and and Holleman on their bill to keep the empty enviornmental parking spaces. I have yet to see one being used.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: bfra on 6/20/13 at 7:05

Council doesn't need a long meeting, they already have their instructions from King Karl on how to vote, so that doesn't take long.

By: courier37027 on 6/20/13 at 7:57

4gold, those parking spaces are as empty as the battery charger parking stands around town.

The bigger quandary is how liberals will quell their inner rage. A housing program named after a reverend smacks of religious oppression.