In an effort to meet the growing demand for affordable housing in Nashville, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is seeking property owners who may be interested in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. This program provides low-income individuals and families an opportunity to find affordable housing in the private market.

MDHA will host a landlord briefing from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at the Randee Rogers Training Center on Rosa Parks Boulevard. The purpose of the meeting is to explain how the program works and answer questions. Both landlords already enrolled in the program and landlords interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend. Currently, there are more than 1,100 landlords who accept the more than 7,000 vouchers administered by MDHA.

Through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, low-income individuals and families pay between 30 and 40 percent of their adjusted income, or a minimum of $50 towards their rent and utilities, and MDHA pays the landlord the difference. The program allows property owners to receive fair market value for their units and provides individuals and families an affordable place to live. In order to qualify, participants must make less than 50 percent of area median income, which equals $23,450 for an individual and $33,450 for a family of four.

The Oct. 16 meeting will also include guest speaker Wes Hall of the Law Office of Hall & Sitler who will talk about evictions. Hall has been practicing law for more than 38 years, and is well informed on the topic.