Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency administers a variety of urban and community development projects, works to increase the availabilty of affordable housing and leads and supports revitalization efforts in downtown and neighborhoods throughout Nashville.
Currently, approximately 27,000 people live in MDHA owned properties and the agency has been part of the development of numerous Nashville landmarks such as the AT&T Building, Nashville Downtown Library, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and LP Field. MDHA is currently overseeing the first two projects to transform Nashville’s waterfront and is assisting with development of the new Music City Center and convention center headquarters hotel.
In 2010, MDHA was selected by the Nashville Post as one of the 50 Most Eco-Friendly Companines in Middle Tennessee for our work to encourage sustainable building and for energy-efficient upgrades at many of our properties. With solar arrays atop three of our high-rise residential buildings, MDHA is one of the largest solar power generators in Tennessee. We are also using geothermal heating and cooling as well as state-of-the-art VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) heating and cooling systems at most of our residential high-rises. MDHA estimates the use of VRV systems, which have replaced window air units, will reduce carbon emissions by more than 603,000 lbs. per year.
MDHA is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are residents of public housing and serve for a five-year term. The Commissioners, who serve without pay, are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council.