Nashville Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Cites Racial Equity, Anti-Racism, Reparations as Guides for Progress


Nashville’s Affordable Housing Task Force declared that racial equity, antiracism, and reparations are several goals for affordable housing development. These goals were outlined in Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s affordable housing report, published Wednesday. The task force wrote in the report that these goals would bolster their recommendations, leading to significant progress for the next four years.

Racial inequity permeates Nashville’s past and present – and housing is no exception. While existing Fair Housing policies are intended to protect vulnerable communities, many Black and Brown Nashvillians still face housing discrimination,” read the task force report. “Current status-quo practices and policies continue to perpetuate harm, so we must intentionally work to design and implement solutions that are anti-racist both in outcomes and processes.” [emphasis added]

The task force questioned if decision-makers were representative of the communities impacted by the decisions; if Fair Housing best practices were being used and accomplished; if solutions reduce, eliminate, repair, or reconcile barriers and past harms to communities of color; if a solution challenges or reinforces systems of oppression; if the affordable housing industry is “complicit in the systems of oppression;” and what the unintended consequences a solution may have for residents of color. The task force also suggested research on examples of “housing-based reparations initiatives for residents – and descendants – impacted by housing discrimination.”

In the accompanying press release, Cooper’s statement on the report didn’t address the task force’s goals concerning racial equity, anti-racism, and reparations.

“Nashville must be a city that works for everyone,” said Cooper. “And – in a city that works for everyone – everyone who works here should be able to live here. That includes our teachers, first responders, and food service workers – the essential workers who got us through this past year.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) classifies affordable housing as residents spending less than 30 percent of their annual income on rent or mortgage. According to the mayor’s press release, around 65,000 households spent over 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage before the pandemic.

The mayor’s office revealed that the city plans to churn out at least 1,350 affordable housing units annually, but with a goal of 5,250 units a year to accomplish their entire goal – around 64,000 units.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].






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10 Thoughts to “Nashville Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Cites Racial Equity, Anti-Racism, Reparations as Guides for Progress”

  1. Jay

    Is Nashville the next San Francisco?

  2. Karen Bracken

    So n other words REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH. What a good little socialist community Nashville has become. Equity is guaranteeing equal outcomes instead of equal opportunity and pretty soon no one will want to work for anything. Just sit back until you run out of other people’s money the we all become equally poor. WAKE UP. This is not about minorities. It is about making EVERYONE poor and indebted to the government.

  3. Chris

    The City needs a massive affordable housing complex which is extremely close to Mayor Cooper’s house,

    If Cooper thinks that diversity, equity and inclusion are so great, he needs to move to a highly integrated neighborhood and relinquish his police department security detail.

    Then he can lecture us on these issues from a more informed perspective.

    1. No Agenda

      Well said.

  4. Beatrice Shaw

    EVERY condo development, housing development, etc. need to set aside 33% of units or houses for low income minorities. I like where this TF is going but it is FAR from enough.

    1. No Agenda

      Adding race as criterion violates Fair housing Act.

  5. Truthy McTruthFace

    so, things that have nothing to do with affordable housing. got it.

  6. Blah, blah, blah. Must be Thursday.

  7. LM

    Who’s going to pay the 34% property tax increase for all of these affordable housing deals? What , exactly , are the racist barriers and discrimiation practices to ” communities of color” receiving affordable housing that they keep beating us over the head with? For all of the preaching about racist affordable housing , there is not one example stated , and as for decision-makers being representatives of impacted communities – good luck! Try telling our illustrious mayor that he will be getting a batch of affordable housing residents as neighbors.

  8. rick

    Democratic leftist BS. Playing the woke word game of a failed solution to the real problem. Commie Cooper and his comrades homeless paradise. What a loser. More homeless will come to live in the Homeless Hotels (homeless projects) than ever, no solution to the real problem. Nashville today under Cooper’s dictatorship – huge crime increase, homeless accommodations to increase the homeless population and tax increase like Nashville has never seen! A democratic paradise! Heil Commie Cooper!