Nashville Radio Show: Urban Housing Solutions

Urban Housing Solutions is Nashville’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing. Founded in 1991 to develop Nashville’s first housing community for people transitioning out of homelessness. Then teamed up to meet other unique housing needs (HIV/AIDS, mental health, victims of domestic violence, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities).

Over the last ten years, we have responded to the intensifying affordable housing crisis (housing costs have outgrown rises in wages) by preserving “Islands of Affordability” around the city. We are now undertaking more new construction to address city-wide deficits in affordable housing (in 2017, the mayor’s office projected a 31,000 affordable unit shortage by 2025).

o Affordable housing development- we currently provide 1,300 units and serving about 2,000 individuals around Nashville. We aim to have to increase our housing stock to over 2000 units by 2025. We emphasize community engagement to ensure development is inclusive and reflects the needs/concerns of surrounding neighbors.

o Property management (ensuring properties are well-maintained, that residents are paying rent, and working with the social services team to make sure all resident needs are met)

o Social service coordination (linking residents to wrap around services, especially for those who have experienced homelessness, struggle with mental/physical health, need transportation, etc. We have a clinic onsite at Mercury Courts that offers free medical care to UHS residents.)

o Preparing to open Phase II at 26th and Clarksville, a newly built 63-unit complex in North Nashville. 10 of these units will be set aside for working artists.

o Phase III of 26th and Clarksville just broke ground, which will be a 55-unit senior supportive housing building and a brand-new community center that will open in the Spring of 2020. An onsite clinic at 26th and Clarksville will serve the health needs of residents of the community and across the neighborhood. An intergenerational community will serve the social needs of low-income seniors, who are often more susceptible to isolation and a fragility of health.

o 26th and Clarksville is our “intergenerational, arts-inspired” community, serving residents of all ages and including working artists to inspire activity and social engagement among the community. It’s an example of how UHS goes beyond housing to develop a supportive community.

If you are an employer affected by the issue (like hospitality, construction, or healthcare), connect with us! If you are another nonprofit that wants housing as a service for your clients, we are happy to support you.

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