Nashville, TN (2/21/2012) . . . The Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition (TAHC) will bring its interests and concerns to the attention of state legislators on Wednesday, February 29 during the 8th annual Housing Day on the Hill. This year’s theme is “Putting the Pieces Together to Build A Better Community,” according to Retha Patton, Chairman of the TAHC.
“Housing is a critical part of Tennessee’s economy and we want to make sure it is addressed properly to help increase the future success of our state,” Patton said. “In this political environment, discussion among elected officials has focused on economic development and jobs. Homes are where jobs go at the end of the day, and having a healthy and diverse housing market is fundamental to attracting jobs and families to Tennessee.”
The two-day event will be held February 28-29 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville. Mark Cate, Special Assistant and Housing Issues Advisor to Governor Bill Haslam, will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s luncheon, followed by educational sessions during the afternoon. On Wednesday, TAHC members will visit with their individual legislators at the State Capitol and attend a luncheon for members of the General Assembly to share their insights and concerns about affordable housing opportunities in Tennessee.
Some of the key points the group will be addressing include:
- The need to expand financial literacy among Tennesseans by increasing access to housing and foreclosure prevention counseling opportunities.
- The need to encourage the development and adoption of a statewide Housing Plan by seeking input and building consensus among key stakeholder groups.
- The need to expand funding to increase the production and rehabilitation of affordable housing units.
- The need to support legislation to reduce the property tax liability for developments serving residents earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (SB2944/HB2974).
- The need to support legislation to prohibit local governments from adopting mandatory sprinkler requirements for one- and two-family dwellings (SB/2492/HB2639).
- The need to oppose legislation that would interfere with the ability of Tennessee’s public housing authorities to initiate redevelopment plan or fund capital investment projects.
Housing Day on the Hill is being presented by the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA) in partnership with the Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition and the Tennessee Association of Mortgage Bankers.
The TAHC is made up of a diverse group of members from across Tennessee, including real estate developers, mortgage bankers, non-profit housing providers, Realtors, homebuilders and a variety of others interested in helping create the right housing environment and options to serve the diverse needs of Tennesseans – and future Tennesseans.