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Resolution RS2020-329

A Resolution requesting the United States Congress to provide direct rental housing assistance for individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization, the President of the United States, the Governor of the State of Tennessee, and the Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County have all declared states of emergency as a result of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”); and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been deemed controllable via the implementation of precautionary measures such as stay-at-home orders and requiring “non-essential” businesses to either close or severely curtail contact for the purposes of stopping the spread of the disease; and

WHEREAS, these protective measures have severely disrupted the economy limiting the productivity of businesses and the income of employees; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of this unprecedented public health crisis, the United States Congress has passed three stimulus bills to mitigate for losses due to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, according to the 2018 American Community Survey, of the 122 million U.S. households, 44 million were renter households with an annual median income of $41,000; making the rental population more likely to be financially disrupted by COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has the potential to create a crisis-level nonpayment of rent scenario that negatively impacts the property owner’s ability to both maintain management and upkeep of the property at a time when many are sheltered in their units and contribute significant property tax revenue that fund vital community services.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as requesting the that the United States Congress use its considerable financial resources to create a direct Rental Housing Assistance fund to assist residents and stabilize communities.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Resolution to the Tennessee delegation to the United States Congress.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Nancy VanReece, Kyonzté Toombs, Ginny Welsch, Russ Bradford, Emily Benedict, Burkley Allen, Jennifer Gamble, Antoniette Lee, Sharon Hurt, Gloria Hausser, Joy Styles, Delishia Porterfield, Brandon Taylor, Zulfat Suara

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedMay 19, 2020

AdoptedMay 19, 2020

ApprovedMay 20, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 05/25/2020 4:37 PM