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Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing

As a Council Member, Mayor Megan Barry co-sponsored and passed legislation that created the Barnes Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Her dedication to the Fund continues as Mayor, in order to ensure affordable housing options for Nashvillians.

Mayor Barry and others at Affordable Housing ribbon cutting event Mayor Barry cuts the ribbon with others at Affordable Housing event

The Metropolitan Housing Trust Fund Commission has leveraged over $5,000,000 in local and public funding, to provide over 100 units of affordable housing.

The Barnes fund makes competitive grants to nonprofit housing developers to increase affordable housing options for Nashvillians.

Grants include funding for renovation or construction of affordable homeownership and rental opportunities and other supportive efforts to encourage affordability. Funds can be leveraged by nonprofit developers with other existing tax credit and funding programs.

Metro Government contracts with The Housing Fund, Inc. (THF) to manage and administer the Fund. THF is a private, nonprofit organization established to finance affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects in Middle Tennessee.

First Round of Funding

house with smooth walkwayhouse with stepped walkwayIn 2014, the initial funding round for the Barnes Fund created 40 affordable rental units for persons with incomes at or below 60% ($33,450) of the median family income adjusted for family size. The $2,000,000 Barnes investment leveraged an additional $2,517,345 in federal and private funds for a total of $4,517,345 invested in affordable housing. One half of the units were for special needs persons with incomes below 30% ($24,250) of the median family income which required a substantial grant subsidy to ensure the units were affordable.

Second Round of Funding

For the 2014-2015 budget, Mayor Dean recommended, and the Metro Council approved, $500,000 from the general fund budget be appropriated to the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing. It is important to note that this is the first time general fund revenues have been proposed for the Barnes Fund. Recommendations from the Metropolitan Affordable housing Trust Fund Commission will be provided to Metro Council early in 2016.

sketch of proposed affordable housing project house with two sets of steps

Third Round of Funding

The Barnes Fund is seeking proposals from non-profit housing developers for home owner rehabilitation projects, rental projects and home buyer projects in Davidson County, Tennessee. The Barnes Fund was created for the purpose of assisting in the development and provision of good quality, affordable housing for Davidson County residents of limited means.

Ten million dollars in grant funding is available for the fall 2016 funding round. Learn more about and apply for Barnes grant funding.

For more information on the Barnes Fund, please contact Adriane Harris or Erik Cole

Save the Dates

August 12, 1 to 3 p.m., 730 2nd Avenue South, Lindsley Hall: pre-application interest meeting, potential project discussions, questions and answers

August 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Regions Bank, 150 4th Avenue North, fourth floor annex: Development planning and finance training

September 9, 1 to 3 p.m., 730 2nd Avenue South, Lindsley Hall: Barnes Grant Fund pre-application meeting

September 12: Barnes Grant Application released

November 14, 12 Noon: Barnes Grant Application due