RESOLUTION NO. R99-1483
A resolution endorsing the goal of providing every Nashvillian the opportunity to live in safe, affordable housing by the year 2010.
WHEREAS, housing is one of our most fundamental needs as human beings; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 20,000 households in Davidson County face severe housing cost burdens, paying over half of their household income for housing; and
WHEREAS, affordable housing is typically defined as an amount less than thirty percent of a households monthly income; and
WHEREAS, stable housing costs of thirty percent of monthly income or less permit low income families to purchase other necessities or to invest in a better future through education or job training; and
WHEREAS, approximately 24,000 housing units were classified as substandard in the last study of Nashvilles housing stock; and
WHEREAS, substandard housing units are more likely to cause health and safety hazards for their occupants and neighbors; and
WHEREAS, approximately 10,000 families in Nashville who could qualify to purchase their own home cannot do so because they cannot make the down payment; and
WHEREAS, in 1970, 60% of families in Davidson County owned their own home, and by 1990 the percentage of families that owned their own home had fallen to 53%; and
WHEREAS, increasing homeownership rates and decreasing the rates of substandard housing leads to more stable neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, stable neighborhoods lead to further investments in rehabilitating homes and other buildings in a neighborhood, thus strengthening the overall community and its tax base; and
WHEREAS, children of homeowners stay in school longer, are less likely to be arrested, and have fewer teen pregnancies; and
WHEREAS, studies indicate that owner-occupied neighborhoods have lower rates of crime; and
WHEREAS, home equity is the primary source of wealth for the majority of American households and provides a family with assets that can lead to a permanent route out of poverty and into the economic mainstream; and
WHEREAS, homeowners are more stable employees, stay in jobs longer, and have fewer absences from the job; and
WHEREAS, a housing summit has been called for April 8, 1999, at BellSouth Auditorium to begin building community consensus about achieving the goal of providing every Nashvillian the opportunity to live in safe, affordable housing by the year 2010; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that Metropolitan Government and the residents of Davidson County focus their attention on problems related to the lack of safe, affordable housing and develop plans to change the current trends through public and private partnerships.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
SECTION 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as endorsing the goal of providing every Nashvillian the opportunity to live in safe, affordable housing by the year 2010.
SECTION 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored By: Chris Ferrell
& Confirmations Committee
Personnel & Housing Committee
|Introduced:||April 6, 1999|
|Adopted:||April 6, 1999|
|Approved:||April 8, 1999|