Fight For Affordability
Improve Cost Of Living
Making Sure the Quality of Life is Going Up, Not Just the Cost of Living
Time for a Change
We have heard from Metro employees, developers, and residents alike that one avenue for affordable housing improvement is to audit the nearly 2,000 parcels of land owned by the Metro Government and identify sites where private developers can be offered access specifically to produce $150,000-200,000 homes, a price point much more within reach that current options for those with incomes in the $50,000 range. These projects must proceed within a fair and transparent bidding process, not just another sweetheart deal for a politically connected firm. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity should also be a part of the equation. The goal is not to create Section 8 housing, but rather to leverage underutilized city resources to facilitate modular, prefab homes to create additional affordable housing options for residents.
Blueprint For Nashville
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFFORDABILITY
Strive to keep Nashville affordable for working families
Government land usage for apartment complexes can also be pursued, with
a goal of creating units with rent in the $600-1,000 range for 1 to 2 bedrooms.
Currently, a 1-bedroom apartment averages $1,100 and a 2-bedroom averages
$1,400. Again, this isn’t the same as Section 8 housing, it isn’t intended to compete with MDHA or Barnes Fund, it will just be an effort to use the tools at hand to produce more housing options at prices people can better afford.
Using Opportunity Zones
Additionally, we can leverage “Opportunity Zones”. Carol has made
connections with White House affiliates, who see this as a proven method to
revitalize not only a distressed part of town, but the people who live in that part of town as well. The Governors of every state have already identified Opportunity Zones and the Treasury, and the IRS have certified those Zones (there are 176 in TN). A brief description of how it works is: A group of people, or one individual, can take their capital gains and create an opportunity fund. They will then determine what the needs are in a distressed area. After that, they will use the money from the fund to develop whatever they’ve decided on. It can be homes, businesses, production facilities etc. and they will receive a tax incentive on their capital gains depending on how long they keep their money invested.
If the money stays invested in the Opportunity Zone for up to 10 years, they will pay 0% on their capital gains. This will be locally led yet federally facilitated which means we can get creative with different solutions for Nashville specifically. For example, we can freeze property taxes in Opportunity Zones to keep costs low.
Leadership with a New
Dr. Carol M. Swain
From G.E.D To Ph.D.
Dr. Swain came from nothing. As one of 12 children she grew up in a shack in Virginia and eventually dropped out of high school. She went on to complete her GED, then ultimately to her PhD in the epitome of fulfilling the American dream.
She is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
Help Carol Become Mayor
Carol Swain is fabulously intelligent, articulate, and stands on principle. Her wisdom and values makes her the perfect answer to what Nashville needs right now in a Mayor.
Dr. Carol Swain believes in Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. She is a great American, a true Patriot, and a unifying voice in America for such a time as this. Dr. Swain’s life is a true American success story, the result of hard work, intelligence, great education, compassion for all people, a passion for righteousness and opportunity, and an unshakable trust in God.
If you live in Nashville and don't help the spectacular Carol Swain get elected your next mayor, you will only have yourself to blame. It does NOT get better than Carol Swain and I am THRILLED she has decided to run!!!
Voters of Nashville, you have a rare opportunity to have, as your Mayor, one of the most wonderful people living in America today. I very rarely say such things and when I do, I really mean them. Carol is not only good, kind, and brilliant; she has the most rare trait of all, courage.
I give my strongest endorsement to Dr. Carol Swain’s mayoral bid. I have known Carol for over 15 years. She is a person of high integrity and courage. Carol is a visionary who will exercise good judgment as she works with others to keep Nashville strong and vibrant.
Carol Swain is a brilliant woman of humble beginnings, who has the education, intelligence, and character to provide inspirational and Godly leadership for Nashville...As a private individual, I am honored to endorse Carol Swain for Mayor, and pray that her election will be the start of a new generation of leaders who will return this nation to the constitutional principles upon which it was founded.