Affordable Housing Provider Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Arts-Inspired Community

In an effort to highlight the growth of my hometown Nashville, I’ve got the details on the latest affordable housing development to hit the market in Nashville.  On historic Clarksville Highway (which has the potential to be a main vein to the city similar to Broadway),  Urban Housing solutions erected property specifically designated to be affordable housing, supporting entrepreneurs like myself who are earn income from their art, but not enough to afford the rising prices of rental properties and home ownership in the Nashville metropolitan area.  This is important because living in the city provides Creatives with access and resources to continue to create – business meetings, partners, workshops, even the Nashville Public library are easily accessible from 26th and Clarksville. Creatives depend on affordable housing to support them in the growing stage of their small business where income is for lack of better terms sparse.

Trust me I know.

Without this development, Creatives and other residents who depend on the metro area for business and work would have to seek housing OUTSIDE of the metro Nashville area.  This development is all about supporting Creation and not the financial restraints of being Creative.

Read on to learn more about how to qualify and apply for residence.

Rusty Lawrence, the Executive Director of Urban Housing Solutions, Reverend Bill Barnes, who established the Barnes Affordable Housing Fund and gave money to both phase one and phase two, and Mayor Megan Barry


26th and Clarksville is a multi-phase, mixed-income redevelopment project with the mission of uniting new and longtime North Nashville residents around arts and cultural programming. Phase One consists of 23 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments. Additional development phases are targeting housing for low-income seniors, larger units for families, and mixed-use space for arts-based programming and displays, as well as a potential on-site artist residency program. Once completed, 26th and Clarksville will serve as an intergenerational, arts-inspired neighborhood center.


“The goal for 26th and Clarksville is not simply to develop high-quality and affordable apartments for North Nashville, but to build a truly inclusive community that provides opportunities for people of all ages and incomes,” shared Brent Elrod, the director of planning and development. “We’re interested in being good neighbors and adding to the vibrancy of North Nashville through community-driven arts and cultural activity.”


Phase One was made possible by grants from the Barnes Affordable Housing Trust Fund and MDHA – who also provided HOME funds for the affordable housing project. The HOME program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and operated by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) on behalf of the city of Nashville.


“26th and Clarksville is a wonderful example of what private-public partnerships can do to fund and build housing that the community needs,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “This project was made possible thanks in part to one of the first grants made through the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing in 2014 and offers diverse housing options in one development, meeting the unique housing needs of this neighborhood.”

The next phase of 26th and Clarksville has also received a Barnes Fund grant to create a 63-unit, mixed-use, mixed-income building, including 10 apartments reserved for low-income, working artists.

To learn more about housing rates and availability CLICK HERE.  

So you guys know I can be a tomboy at times and when I meant to just pop my head into the event, I got pulled into a photo opportunity with Mayor Megan Barry.   Check it out below.

Great time visiting the new apartments at 26th and Clarksville. Extremely modern and beautiful. Cozy and a slick upgrade for Norf Nashville. Thank you to Urban Housing Solutions and MEPR for a great event. – As you can see I wasn’t ready for the photo opp 😩and was gently reminded by MEPR CEO Kia Jarmon “when you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready!” – Lesson learned! #staywoke #ironsharpensiron – #nashvillelifestyleblogger #nashvillelifestyle #nashvilleblogger #nashvilleblog #radioshow #radioshowhost #lifestyleblogger #lifestyleblog #nashville_tn #nashville #newnashville #naturalhair #naturalcurls #curlygirl #blackgirlmagic #naturalcurlyhair #edutainment #natural #nashvilleliving #nashvillelife #nashvilleurban #urbannashville #downtownnashville

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About Urban Housing Solutions:

Urban Housing Solutions is Nashville’s largest non-profit provider of affordable housing. Its mission is to provide new opportunities for people with unique housing needs and to help revitalize and enhance Nashville’s neighborhoods. Today, UHS manages nearly 30 properties and offers a wide array of apartments for individuals of different income levels along with commercial space for startup businesses. By using innovation plus opportunity, UHS also connects residents with the specific support programs they may need. For more information:


Karla is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University.  She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can listen to her as she co-hosts “The Scenario Radio Show” by downloading the app “Radio Free Nashville” or streaming the archives here.  If you need help starting your own blog, join her blogging community and ask her for support by emailing:

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