Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency | COMMUNITY CHOICE DEMONSTRATION
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COMMUNITY CHOICE DEMONSTRATION

The Community Choice Demonstration helps families with Housing Choice Vouchers find homes in Opportunity Areas in the Nashville-Davidson County. These are neighborhoods in the Nashville-Davidson County area that have historically been difficult for families with vouchers to move into, either because they are outside of families’ price ranges, or because property owners are not very familiar with the voucher program. Many families with vouchers want to move into Opportunity Areas because they offer high-quality schools and other public amenities.

Families with vouchers from the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency with dependent children 17 years old and younger can sign up to be selected for the program. Each family that enrolls in the demonstration will be randomized into one of two groups: one group will be offered mobility-related services and the other group will be offered the standard services offered by MDHA. Families assigned to the mobility-related services group will receive assistance with moving to Opportunity Areas. In addition to pre- and post-move coaching, they will also receive housing search assistance and financial assistance to help cover the security deposit and some other move-related expenses.

MDHA has also taken steps to ensure the rental ceiling standard for homes in the Opportunity Areas are affordable for families and competitive for the property owners in the private rental market. Owners who rent to families receive financial incentives, including a lease-up bonus. Program staff work with families and property owners to facilitate good tenant-owner matches and positive relationships between them.

The MDHA Community Choice Demonstration is a part of a national demonstration funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The demonstration studies the effect of additional services on families’ ability to move into Opportunity Areas. Families interested in receiving services must sign up for the study and will be randomly selected to receive services. For more information about the national demonstration, go to https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/communitychoicedemo.

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