Administration of the Agency’s programs is accomplished through the Executive Office and eight departments. The Executive Director, who serves as secretary of the Board of Commissioners, is responsible to the Board for implementation of policy and the development and operation of all programs and projects of the Agency. Executive Office staff includes the executive director, deputy executive director, chief operating officer, director of communications and support staff, as well as general counsel and support staff.
The Affordable Housing Department is responsible for the administration and normal routine maintenance of the Agency’s portfolio of more than 6,500 apartments. The overall portfolio consists of HUD subsidized, workforce and market-rate apartments, with many of the newer developments offering mixed-income housing. Additionally the Department oversees a third party vendor management service for 403 units. The Affordable Housing Department is the largest Department in the Agency with nearly 250 staff.
The Community Development Department administers four U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to benefit low- and moderate-income persons and areas: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). These funds are awarded annually and the priorities for the use of the funds are listed in the Consolidated Plan. Activities include assisting persons experiencing homelessness, rehabilitation of owner/occupied and rental units, affordable housing construction, infrastructure improvements, summer youth programs, fair housing outreach, microenterprise assistance and healthy food initiatives. The Department also serves as the lead agency for the Nashville Promise Zone (NPZ).
The Construction Department is responsible for the procurement, monitoring and compliance of the Agency’s service and construction contract activities, including new construction, modernization, development and approved Metro capital improvement projects. The department also is responsible for implementing, monitoring and enforcing the Agency’s Comprehensive Plan for Modernization, Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE) and Section 3 programs.
The Finance Department is responsible for sound management of the Agency’s resources, including the development of adequate budget practices, treasury management, accounting and internal controls to safeguard the assets of the Agency. This office also develops and executes an investments program for the Agency, maintains adequate accounting and payroll records, employee benefit programs and insurance coverage on the assets and operations of the Agency.
The Human Resources Office develops and maintains the Agency’s administrative policies and procedures and ensures that the Agency complies with federal, state and local employment laws. This division plans and maintains human resources related services such as recruitment, employee training and development, performance management, employee and union relations. It administers the employee benefits programs such as medical and life, retirement and financial rewards, as well as the workers compensation and safety programs.
The Rental Assistance Department administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, Project-Based Vouchers, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, Single Room Occupancy Program, Shelter Plus Care Program and Emergency Housing Vouchers. Through these programs, the Department assists nearly 8,000 families in Davidson County. In addition, the Department also employs Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) coordinators, which provides incentives and support to participants in the program to help them reach their goals.
The Urban Development Department oversees 11 redevelopment districts, manages Metro’s Tax Increment Financing (ITF) program and serves as a developer for the city. The department also manages the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, which provides financial incentives for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developments that encourage new construction and substantial rehabilitation of affordable multi-family housing.