The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) is one of nine Public Housing Authorities (PHA) selected to participate in the new Community Choice Demonstration grant program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
MDHA will receive more than $4 million to provide mobility-related services to nearly 2,000 families with children under 17. The grant also allows MDHA to increase the value of the vouchers so that they may be used in areas with rents above the county average.
“This program will increase housing equity in Nashville by empowering our residents with greater choice when selecting communities in which to raise their families,” said MDHA Interim Executive Director Saul Solomon. “We are extremely grateful to HUD for providing us an opportunity to better serve Nashvillians in need.”
During the first year of the six year grant term, MDHA will collaborate with HUD, the other eight winning PHAs, community partners and evaluators to identify specific mobility-related services to offer. Implementation of services will begin in year two.
MDHA will also receive approximately a dozen new vouchers each year in years two through six.