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Metro Trustee’s office invites community to free screening of ‘Disrupt and Dismantle’

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(top row l-r) Erica Gilmore,John Manson, Alisha Haddock, (bottom row l-r) Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr., Andrea Barbour, and Brian Sexton.

The Office of the Metropolitan Trustee is once again hosting a screening of Disrupt and Dismantle from Soledad O’Brien. The screening will take place on Thursday, October 13, at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, 2708 Jefferson Street, Nashville, starting at 11:30 am.

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 Metropolitan Trustee Eric 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 John Manson, Special Counsel; Alisha Haddock, The Housing Fund; Brian Sexton, MDHA; Andrea Barbour, Metro Planning Department; and Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr., Tennessee State University professor/Historic Zoning Commissioner. You are urged to attend and 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, October 9, to Let’s Talk on 92.1, WQQK, a Cumulus station.

Once again, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about home repair programs offered through MDHA. 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 or asbestos removal, if applicable.

Additionally, The Housing Fund will offer several programs for homeowners and landlords that help 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,” said Alisha Haddock, vice president/director of Community Impact for The Housing Fund.

The Housing Resiliency Fund provides property tax relief to eligible homeowners in zip codes 37013, 37206, 37207, 37208, 37211, 37216, and 37218.

The program has expanded its services to assist nonprofit organizations and small landlords of affordable housing units and subsidized rental properties with existing property tax bills. Applications are being accepted.

Attorney Manson will provide expertise about probate court, including matters related to the administration of a deceased person’s estates, including the probating of wills.

This docu-series screening is free and open to the public. Email trustee@nashville.gov or call 615-862-6330 for more details.

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