Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Jeff Yarbro passed legislation that will help Nashville develop more affordable housing, David Plazas said in a Tennessean oped.
Affordable housing is a critical problem for Nashville, and a holistic approach is essential.
Legislation passed in 2015 did provide some key tools for cities:
Senate Bill 1123/House Bill 1174 sponsored by Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, and Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, allows Metro governments that buy property at delinquent tax sales to donate the land to nonprofits so they can build affordable or workforce housing. In February Metro officials announced they were donating 13 properties for that purpose to three nonprofits: Affordable Housing Resources, New Level CDC and Woodbine Community Organization
Senate Bill 1392/House Bill 1351, also sponsored by Yarbro and Clemmons, allows county governments to authorize money for affordable or workforce housing.