The Office of the Metropolitan Trustee invites the community to the ‘Disrupt and Dismantle’ screening from Soledad O’Brien on Monday, August 15. The screening will take place at Howard Office Building, 700 2nd Ave. S., Nashville, starting at 1:30 pm in the Sonny West Conference Room, on the first floor.
The docu-series highlights the rise of property taxes and ownership in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, an affluent community similar to Nashville. As highlighted in the docu-series, pressure from investors for property owners to sell their homes is real. Unfortunately, property owners are not always willing to sell, yet it is sometimes challenging to maintain rising property taxes.
“We are here to help and offer resources and solutions to ‘Keep Nashville Home,’” said Metro Trustee Erica Gilmore. “We want all Davidson County property owners equipped to make informed decisions about their property.”
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Brian Sexton, MDHA, Alisha Haddock, The Housing Fund, and John Manson, Special Counsel.
Attendees will learn about Tax Freeze and Tax Relief programs, estate planning, and the importance of having a will, including other resources available to Davidson County property owners. For a pre-screening discussion with the panel, tune in Sunday, August 14, to Let’s Talk on 92.1, WQQK, a Cumulus station.
Attendees will also learn about the home repair program offered through MDHA, and programs from The Housing Fund.
“The purpose of the Home Repair program is to stabilize and correct health and safety issues, accessibility deficiencies related to health and safety of the occupants and address lead and/or asbestos removal, if applicable. Also, systems updated or replaced will be replaced with systems that promote energy,” said Brian Sexton, Community Development Special Projects manager with MDHA.
The Housing Fund will offer resources to aid in the ‘Keeping Nashville Home’ initiative.
Alisha Haddock, vice president/director of Community Impact for The Housing Fund stated: “The Housing Fund offers several programs for homeowners and landlords. Our consumer lending department offers down payment assistance, homebuyer education, money management, home improvement loans, shared equity, and the community loan center. In addition, we offer development lending, focusing on multi-family units, single-family units, and community facilities. We also provide grants such as The Housing Resiliency Fund for property tax relief for homeowners under 120% AMI and landlords providing fair market rent in Davidson County, COVID-19 relief, and the CDFI Fund.”