'Housing Nashville' report: 31,000 units needed by 2025

NOAH Affordable Housing Task Force met with the director of the Mayor's Office on Housing today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A city report brings to light how dire the affordable housing situation is here in Nashville.

The "Housing Nashville" report says, at the current rate, we could need as many as 31,000 units by 2025.

Sunday afternoon local leaders came together in hopes of speeding up the process.

"The tragedy is, right now, we have less than 2,000 in the pipeline so at that rate it'll be the next millennium before we address it, and that's assuming things stay constant and they won't," says Chair of the NOAH Affordable Housing Task Force Paulette Coleman.

The task force held a special meeting with the Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing.

She discussed the Housing Nashville report with a crowd of more than 100 locals, including Pazetta Mallette of Bordeaux.

Her concern is where all of the proposed units would go.

"I am for affordable housing, but don't put all of them in Bordeaux," says Mallette, "Bordeaux has been dumped on for years, each year we're fighting a new developer."

But the big issue right now is funding, that's where NOAH says the city really needs to step up.

"The reality is unless we have a full throttle approach like for bringing the Titans here or for getting the Music City Center here, many of those accomplishments we've had as a city. Until we get that kind of momentum, that kind of political will before affordable housing it's going to remain a crisis," says Coleman.

The meeting Sunday is a part of NOAH's greater goal to create a strategic plan for affordable housing.

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