Nashville has long been an amazing place to live, work, and thrive. But as our city's reputation has grown, so has the impact from people moving here.
As Nashville grows, its residents have experienced an exponential cost increase and demand in housing, leaving many long-term residents without affordable options. As residents are pushed out of their neighborhoods by rising costs, gentrification, and shifting demographics, Nashville risks losing its neighborhood identity that has made it such a unique city for so long. Edgehill is one of those at-risk neighborhoods.
The Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership (and its committed volunteers) are giving their energy to advocate for just housing for all residents, regardless of race, class, and culture in these three distinct areas:
1. The Promise Zone
Nashville is a federally-designated Promise Zone City. A Promise Zone City designation is a 10-year government partnership with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health, and address other priorities identified by the community. One of those priorities identified by Nashville is housing.
Nashville is broken into six various sub-zones, each tasked with a unique issue. Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership is the sub-zone captain organization for sub-zone 2, which is focused on housing efforts with a goal of increasing access to affordable housing*. For more information on the Promise Zone, visit the Nashville Mayor’s Office website. To be involved in the housing conversations for the Nashville Promise Zone, contact Adam Buzard, Executive Director of the ENP.
*Affordable Housing is 1/3 or less of the income of households making 60% or less of the Median Household Income (MHI) for Davidson County.
2. Envision Edgehill
Envision Edgehill is MDHA’s master planning process to redevelop Edgehill Apartments into a mixed-income community. ENP is committed to being a voice that makes sure that a just and equitable process will be followed that honors the dignity of the neighborhood and all of its residents. ENP’s volunteers have been actively engaged in advocating for Edgehill and its residents. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us.
3. Homes For All
Homes For All Nashville is a community organization dedicated to ending displacement by building the organizing capacity of lower-income renters and homeowners, especially in communities of color. ENP partners with Homes For All Nashville on numerous levels and we are excited to support their team in their efforts. For more information and to get involved with Homes For All, visit their website.
ENP values our neighbors and wants to ensure that Edgehill can continue to be a diverse and dynamic community for all.