ENACTED 12/01/1998


An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Mayor to submit an annual plan update to the consolidated plan for Housing and Community Development Programs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires local governments participating in federal housing and community development programs to submit a Consolidated Plan for housing and community development; and

WHEREAS, a five-year Consolidated Plan for housing and community development programs was prepared by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) in 1994 and adopted by the Metropolitan Council through Ordinance No. O94-1257 and updated in 1995, 1996 and 1997 through Ordinances O95-77, O96-541, O97-995; and

WHEREAS, the Consolidated Plan was prepared by MDHA with the assistance of a wide-variety of public and private agencies, as well as, numerous private citizens and community advocates and using a number of existing planning documents; and

WHEREAS, the Consolidated Plan includes a Citizen Participation Plan, a Market Analysis and Needs Assessment, Strategies for Meeting Priority Needs and an Annual Plan for expenditure of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program funds and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program; and

WHEREAS, a three-year Community Development Block Grant Plan was approved in 1996 through Ordinance O96-541; and

WHEREAS, a 1998 Annual Plan update to the Consolidated Plan has been prepared by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency to allocate funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Emergency Shelter Grant Program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program.


SECTION 1. That the Metropolitan Mayor is hereby authorized to submit the Annual Plan update to the Consolidated Plan for housing and community development programs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

SECTION 2. A description of the Annual Plan for the expenditure of CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA funds for the program year 1999-2000 is attached hereto and made a part of this Ordinance.

SECTION 3. That the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is authorized to administer the Consolidated Plan on behalf of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

SECTION 4. The local match required for Emergency Shelter Grant funds will be provided by local non-profit organizations selected as sub-grantees. Repayments received from the Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) will be used as necessary to provide the twenty-five percent local match for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

SECTION 5. If any changes occur in the final entitlement amounts for CDBG or HOME as shown in the attachments to this Ordinance, each line in the proposed program not specifically regulated by contracts or agreements with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shall be raised or lowered on a pro rata basis. If the final entitlement amount for the ESG or HOPWA funds is below that shown in the attachments to this Ordinance, each line item in the proposed program will be reduced on a pro rata basis. Any additional ESG or HOPWA funds received above the amount shown in the attachments to this Ordinance will be allocated by the ESG & HOPWA Review Committee, based on applications submitted to the Review Committee.

SECTION 6. The acquisition of any real property by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in conjunction with the four federal programs included in the Consolidated Plan shall be subject to the following provisions:

a. The exercise of the power of eminent domain is expressly reserved by the Metropolitan Council and is not delegated to any agency, board, commission or authority administering any part of a Community Development Plan, project or program.

b. No parcel of property may be acquired under any Community Development Plan or project except for public use and by ordinance authorizing the acquisition of such parcel except with the written consent of the owner.

c. This section shall not apply to any open urban renewal project, redevelopment project, or housing development program approved by the Metropolitan Council in accordance with state law.

SECTION 7. The Metropolitan Council expressly withholds any approval for the expenditure of funds for any project or for the administrative costs associated with the Community Development Block Grant program. All requested program expenditures shall be submitted to the Council for final approval by Resolution. And further, detailed project plans for capital improvement projects shall be on file in the Community Development Office of MDHA at the time of the filing of the Resolution.

SECTION 8. That this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

 Sponsored By: Mansfield Douglas, Melvin Black & Willis McCallister




The attached five tables show the planned allocations of funds for the CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA programs in Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County for April 1999 through March 2000. The tables also represent the Annual Update to the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, which is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Table 1: Community Development Block Grant Allocations;

Table 2: NSA Neighborhood Allocations;

Table 3: HOME Program Allocations;

Table 4: Emergency Shelter Grant Allocations;

Table 5: HOPWA Allocations.

Community Development Block Grant Funds

Community Development Block Grant funds are based on new entitlement funding in the amount of $6,000,000. Program income of $872,000 is anticipated during the coming program year. All program income is used for the same activity that generated the income. CDBG funds designated for Affordable Housing Activities will be used to provide matching funds for federal, state or other affordable housing development programs. Special Neighborhood Activity funds are allocated for the Youth Initiatives Program and community projects associated with storm water drainage, sidewalks, park improvements, and other localized needs.

Within the framework of serving eligible low- and moderate-income families, eliminating blight, and providing for urgent needs, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County has targeted a large portion of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to specific areas so that a comprehensive treatment approach can be taken. Key among such targeted districts are low- and moderate-income residential Neighborhood Strategy Area(s) (NSAs). These areas are selected for inclusion in the program because their size, condition of housing, level of community organization, owner occupancy, and income make them good candidates for effective and visible treatment within the scope of the CDBG and local resources.

The Federal Enterprise Community, composed of Census Tracts 148 and 160-163, will be the site of continued revitalization and community development efforts. A new local Enterprise Community is underway in East Nashville. As was so important in planning for the South Nashville Enterprise Community, the development of the plan for the East Nashville EC revolved around leveraging additional funds from various government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector. An application for Round II Empowerment Zone designation has recently been submitted to HUD. Most of the lower income neighborhoods in Nashville, located throughout South, East, and North Nashville, are included in the proposed Zone.

Community Development Block Grant funds are also programmed for planning initiatives in two new commercial district target areas. These two areas are the Trinity Lane and Main Street Commercial Districts. The Trinity Lane district is located directly west of the Interstate 65 interchange. The Main Street district is generally located between Interstate 65 and East Middle School.

Other Special Target Areas include the Hope Gardens Bicentennial Neighborhood, and Jefferson Street between 8th and 28th Avenues North. Investments in Hope Gardens and Jefferson Street represent a commitment to North Nashville similar to those made in Enterprise Communities located elsewhere in Nashville-Davidson County.

From a categorical overview, housing rehabilitation, infill housing related projects, and neighborhood-related public facilities constitute the greatest portion of CDBG funds. Funds are also used for efforts that complement targeted areas and projects designed for residential areas, including:

Neighborhood commercial revitalization;

Planning, and slum and blight removal aimed at providing a healthy central business district, and;

Other economic development efforts directed toward generating long-term employment opportunities for low- and moderate-income inner city residents.

In order to meet the increased cost of rehabilitation and continue to serve as many persons as possible, the maximum loan and grant amounts are being raised and the ratio of loans to grants is being increased, allowing more of those funds to revolve back into the program. The Emergency Rehabilitation Program will be administered through the Rehabilitation and Related Services Department and production goals will be increased. The jobs training component is now open to any lower income person seeking to improve job skills and learn a professional trade. Priority will be given to residents of the Enterprise Community and current residents of Public Housing.

Community development funds may be used for eligible activities identified in the statement of objectives that are expected to generate program income in time to carry out activities for which funds were originally allocated. These short term or temporary uses of funds in the letter of credit shall be limited in amount and term in order to be reasonably sure that no delays will occur in the implementation of planned activities.

Community development funds will continue to be used for the repayment of loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in accordance with Section 108 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Payments shall be made on an annual basis.

Home Investment Partnerships Program Funds

HOME funds are programmed to continue providing a mixture of owner-occupied and rental rehabilitation; new housing homeownership programs, including partial funding for the Nashville Housing Fund; downpayment assistance; and housing assistance through non-profit Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs).

Emergency Shelter Grant Program Funds (ESG or ESGP)

ESGP funds are allocated to local homeless shelter providers under four broad categories: operations, rehabilitation, prevention and essential services. Since 1986, MDHA has allocated these funds to as many as twenty-two local agencies. Since funding is expected to remain about the same as last year, the use of the funds is anticipated to closely mirror that in 1998-99. This funding pattern distributes most of the funds to shelter programs’ costs of ongoing operation, the majority of which is used to defray utility costs. ESGP funds targeting homeless prevention will be centralized at one agency. There is no expectation at this time to fund any renovation. A small portion of funds may be used for essential services, such as bus passes or to provide necessary identification for homeless persons.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds (HOPWA)

The HOPWA program provides housing related assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA funds are distributed by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which for Nashville, consists of Davidson County plus Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties. As a part of the Consolidated Plan, the program will now receive oversight by MDHA instead of the State, on behalf of The Metropolitan Government. Most of the services will be provided in, and for residents of Davidson County, reflecting the relative incidence of HIV/AIDS.


Changes to the Consolidated Plan will not be considered as a substantial amendment unless the change results in the elimination of a category of activity for which funds have been allocated, the addition of a new category of activity not included in the Consolidated Plan, the elimination or addition of a targeted area of service, a change in the categories of beneficiaries or eligibility criteria, a substantial change in the method of distribution of funds as described in the Consolidated Plan or a change in the allocation priorities established by the Plan.


Community Development Block Grant Program Allocations

April 1, 1999 - March 31, 2000

Year Three of a Three-Year CDBG Plan Adopted 1996


Activity CDBG










Planning 385,000   385,000
Acquisition 365,000 100,000 465,000
Relocation 50,000   50,000
Econ. Development

Business Dist. Loan

Facade Loan

Microenterprise Initiatives

115,000 100,000 215,000
Rehab Loan & Grant 1,435,000 550,000 1,985,000
Emergency Rehab 600,000   600,000
Affordable Housing 200,000 80,000 280,000
Special Neighborhood Activities

Community Facilities

Youth Initiatives Program

350,000   350,000


Enterprise Communities

Special Target Areas

1,075,000 40,000 1,115,000
108 Loan 875,000 2,000 877,000
TOTAL $ 6,000,000 $872,000 $ 6,872,000



NSA-Neighborhood Allocations


(Includes Enterprise Communities and Special Target Areas)

April, 1999-March, 2000






Fern Avenue NSA 175,000
Trinity Lane Commercial Area 75,000
Main Street Commercial Area 75,000
South Nashville EC 150,000
East Nashville EC 200,000
Hope Gardens 150,000
Jefferson Street  


TOTAL (for year) $1,075,000


HOME Program Allocations

April 1, 1999 - March 31, 2000


Activity HOME








Home Rehabilitation

Rental Rehabilitation









New Construction 725,000 500,000 1,225,000
Downpayment Assistance Program 150,000   150,000
Set Aside for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs)  




CHDO Operating Costs 100,000   100,000
Administrative Costs 300,000   300,000
TOTAL $2,500,000 $575,000 $3,075,000


Emergency Shelter Grant Allocations

April 1, 1999 - March 31, 2000


Activity Allocation

Shelter Operations

Nashville Family Shelter 11,500

YWCA Domestic Violence Sh. 15,800

The Salvation Army 14,500

Dismas House 16,090

Community Care Fellowship 14,500

St. Patrick’s Ecumenical Fam. S. 25,000

Loaves & Fishes 13,500

Campus for Human Development 19,500

Oasis Center 20,000

Mattew 25 16,500

Nashville’s Table 20,000

Park Center 9,500



Essential Services

Dismas House 1,000

Renewal House 5,573

Campus for Human Development 10,000

Nashville’s Table 12,886



Prevention Services

Campus for Human Development 40,000





TOTAL $272,000.00



Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

April 1, 1999 - March 31, 2000


Activity Allocation

Client Related Expenses

Nashville CARES 360,321

Project SHARE 44,680

TN Hemophilia Foundation 4,045



Program Administration

Nashville CARES

Oversight, Coordination, Reporting




TOTAL $447,351



Introduced: November 5, 1998
Passed First Reading: November 5, 1998
Referred to: Federal Grants Review Committee
Passed Second Reading: November 17, 1998
Passed Third Reading: December 1, 1998
Approved: December 3, 1998
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