Use Your Voice! Use Our Numbers!

It is the TNAHC Legislative Committee's pleasure to invite you to the 2020 Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition Day on the Hill taking place on Tuesday, March 10th! Please register here - its free!

 The 2020 Day on the Hill is part of Tennessee Housing Week - a chance for everyone to reflect and participate in a celebration of the importance of attainable housing for all Tennesseans. As you know, on Wednesday and Thursday we will have the Coalition's Annual Meeting as well as the Tennessee Housing Conference. But, we are also adding more activities, including a happy hour on Tuesday afternoon focused The Game of Rent — a Kickstarter funded and TNAHC member-created educational tool/conversation starter/board game that has been customized for over 20 cities across the country! You will also be able to register to attend by following the same Eventbrite link.

 Since we know some of you will be traveling in from out of town, we are scheduling two orientation/kick-offs for the Day on the Hill, one at 8:30am (central time) for people who are already in town or can arrive early, and one at 10am for those traveling in that morning. You will be able to select which one you plan on attending in the registration link.

Not only will we have orientation and kick-off sessions on the morning of the Day on the Hill, but we will be sending out information packets beforehand to help you prepare to meet with your state representatives.


Our Coalition Connects!

We will have spots on the board that need filling. Here's the list with openings for an at-large position and a for-profit organization. Ready to have a stronger impact and make more connections across Tennessee? 

Our Coalition Advocates!

The Coalition sent a letter to Governor Lee about continuing to use the state's tax-exempt bonding authority for affordable housing development. You can read the letter here

Our Coalition Educates!

Our January Newsletter is posted on the Newsletter tab. Thanks for reading it!


Synergy Supports Success

Overton Colton, member and Truxton Trust representative, seated at right, hosted a CRA Consortium 12/9 and invited the Coalition to detail Coalition membership benefits to the CRA officers. Here Tyane Powell and Carla Jarrell, both of Pinnacle Finance Partners, take one more moment with speaker Jim Darter, Cumberland Capital Partners, and Overton.

Doug Demosi, planning director for Rutherford County and president of TAPA, tells the Board of Directors that communication between developers and planners leads to better outcomes. The Board asks that Council members invite their local planners to join the Coalition and attend meetings. Paul Morris, MAAG, agrees!


Big News for Memphis - Redevelopment in the Pinch District


Webinar reminder:

Housing + Innovation: Lessons from the Ivory Prize

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 1 - 5:30 pm
Location: Gund Hall, Piper AuditoriumThis event will also be livestreamed (no registration required). 

Despite robust demand across the country for affordable starter homes and rental units, stringent land-use regulations, high construction costs, and an ongoing shortage of skilled laborers have made it difficult, if not impossible, to profitably produce middle-market housing. 



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.


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.  

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.