GSE Reform Plan to be Presented at Senate Banking Sept. 10


Still True All These Years Later

As the country celebrates Labor Day, it’s a time for people in the housing industry to celebrate the role of the American Labor Movement in championing affordable housing and home building. Labor unions became the nonprofit co-sponsors of hundreds of affordable housing developments across the country beginning in the 1920s and were charter members of the National Housing Conference when it was created in 1931. NHC is pleased to reprint an article written for us by labor icon Walter Reuther in our 1954 Annual Housing Yearbook. His message calling for construction of 2 million homes each year to fight a housing affordability crisis resonates as loudly today as it did then - when the U.S. population was a little over 150 million, less than half of what it is today. His prescient views are reprinted below. 

--Ted Chandler, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

 If America is to catch up with its tremendous back log of needed homes and keep pace with the rising demand, we must build about two million new housing units each year. The administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency has stated, however, that only about one million homes will be built in 1954. This would be 10 percent below the level of 1953 and 40 percent below our achievement in 1950. (Log in to enjoy the rest on the Resources page.) 


Coalition Members at Work

Coalition members attended and presented at the HUD Summit Nashville on August 29. From left, Rebecca Lopez of the Clarksville Housing Authority; Coalition Board member and Summit presenter, Keith Lampkin, Clarksville Housing and Community Development; Coalition Board member Sernorma L. Mitchell, HUD Nashville Field Office Director; and Michael Daniels of the Clarksville Housing Authority review the learning after the meeting.

Disaster Response Training for Counselors

The NC Housing Coalition’s Association of Housing Counselors (TAHC) has partnered with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) for a week of disaster recovery training designed specifically for housing counselors. Over the course of five days, attendees will learn about the types of government and non-government assistance available for disaster preparedness and recovery and how to best implement these resources for their organizations and clients. For the full course descriptions, click here.

This training is free to attend. Partial travel reimbursement and/or lodging accommodations are available to attendees traveling from outside the Triangle area up to $300 per attendee.  Mileage reimbursement is available for participants traveling within a 50-mile radius.

If you have any questions about the training or are interested in receiving travel reimbursement/accommodations, contact Stacie Darden at sdarden@nchousing.org, or at 919-800-0878.

Time to Apply

The scholarship forms for the March 2020 Tennessee Housing Conference are posted: https://tnhousingconference.com/scholarships/. Our annual meeting is March 11, the morning of the Conference.

Plans are forming for a Housing Day on the Hill March 10. These are prime days to implement our mission of connecting, educating and advocating on behalf of housing.

Job Posting

The City of Murfreesboro has posted an opening for the Assistant Director, Community Development:


Codes Enforcement

John Paul Shaffer invites you to Neighborhood Preservation, Inc.'s August 26 screening of the next chapter of the nine-part documentary series, In The Absence. Here's the facebook event link - we hope you can join us! 

ET Council Welcomed SAFH and THDA

Ann Posnor of Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future and Joe Speer of THDA brought information and solicited input for their two organizations August 14. The East TN Council was hosted by the Knoxville Area Urban League. Speer's slides are on the Resources page.

Elections saw Melanie Cordell (Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness) returned as chair, Melissa Duong (First Tennessee) elected as Vice Chair and Mindy Bowman (Eastern Eight) becoming Secretary.  

HUD Releases Final Rule on Condos and FHA


In a development with fewer than 10 units, no more than two can be insured by FHA.

In a development that exceeds 10 units, a maximum of 10 percent can be insured by the FHA.

A minimum of 50 percent of project units must be owner-occupied.

See more on the Resources page.

New Members!

See Resources page to access new potential mentors / partners!

Counseling Certification Countdown

If you offer housing counseling to an agency using HUD funding, you need to be HUD-certified.

The deadline is August 1, 2020. See a list of classes on the Resources page. 

Coalition Enjoys Mission Moment!

When new member Gloria Reynolds (FDIC Community Affairs Specialist, Dallas Office) called for a meeting August 5 we made it a gathering! 18 members Middle TN members attended and introduced their missions and their needs assessment. We are more effective together!

Thank you, Pathway Lending, for generously providing space. Thanks to Willie Jones for snapping the picture!

Habitat Launches Advocacy Effort


New VASH Release

See link for details on release of 5,000 veterans vouchers. https://tnahc.org/assets/VASH%207-19.docx

BB&T and SunTrust Community Commitment

Have you seen the joint community commitment to affordable housing chart from these merging entities?



Opinion: Make the Cost of Home Something We Can All Afford

Two former HUD secretaries state the facts: https://shelterforce.org/2019/06/14/opinion-make-the-cost-of-home-something-we-can-all-afford/

Tax Credit for 1 to 4-Unit Rehabs?

The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act calls for the creation of a new federal tax credit that will produce new equity investment dollars for the development and renovation of 1-4 family housing in distressed urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Memphis is cited in the description here:   https://neighborhoodhomesinvestmentact.org/ Download the Executive Summary

Is Increasing Density the Solution?

An article in Governing reviews efforts and results: https://www.governing.com/topics/urban/gov-zoning-density.html

Executive Order to Stimulate Affordable Housing

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that establishes a White House Council tasked with identifying and removing barriers hindering the development of affordable housing.

In effect, he is “tearing down red tape in order to build more affordable housing,” a White House release said.

...Costly regulations have contributed to a shortage of affordable homes...


Next Council Meeting...

Let's take pictures at the Council meetings with our Coalition logo sign so we can post them on LinkedIn and our organizations' sites to help market the Coalition!   


NeighborWorks Training is open to You!

Take your professional development—and your career—to the next level! Registration is now open for the New Orleans NeighborWorks Training Institute, August 19-23, 2019. Don't miss a very special symposium, "Closing the Life Expectancy Gap" on Aug. 21. Network with more than 1,800 colleagues from all over the country and enjoy top-notch training in community development and nonprofit management. https://www.neighborworks.org/Training-Services/Training-Professional-Development

Senior Housing

Member Urban Housing Solutions had a public event last week celebrating progress on their senior living initiative. Here's a clip from the Tennessee Tribune article: NASHVILLE, TN — People age 62 and up will be able to find affordable housing in a new development complex being built in North Nashville slated for completion in summer of 2020. Fifty-five rental units in a contemporary complex (complete with a rooftop solar panels) will be located at 26th and Clarksville as Phase III in what will be a three-building complex with multigenerational housing.  Phases I is built and Phase II opens this summer. A Phase III ground breaking marked the beginning of the new construction. 

Read the rest here https://tntribune.com/community/local/nashville/affordable-housing-coming-for-seniors-in-north-nashville/ and see Urban Housing's site for more: https://www.urbanhousingsolutions.org/news/properties/26th-clarksville/.


Who's With Us?

The membership list as of July 24 is posted on the Resources page. Please

1) check your information; 2) make a fresh list of those working in housing in your area to invite to join!


Metro Nashville has Plans!

The Middle Tennessee Council was pleased to host presentations on two Nashville / Davidson County programs: Hannah Davis with the Barnes Fund and Matt Wiltshire with the Under One Roof initiative. The slides are here: https://tnahc.org/assets/Under%20One%20Roof%205-17.pptx


Mission Moment

We look for ways to tell our story, to educate others on exactly how we are developing housing opportunities for Tennesseans. Will you share some of your success stories with the membership? We want to learn from each other. 

Opportunity Zones!

See Nashville's news release at the bottom of this page.



As you recruit new members, remember online payments are possible.

You will see opportunities to assign two members for City/County memberships and three members for Corporate memberships.



To connect, educate and advocate housing opportunities for Tennesseans 

Attainable and sustainable housing for every Tennessean.