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NOAH has unwaveringly advocated for social justice since its founding in 2014 and has made powerful strides toward equity across Nashville. Led by a diverse group of members, NOAH has successfully demanded change in all of our focus areas – housing, criminal justice, education, and econominc equity, jobs, and transportation.

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Our Impact

Success stories from over a decade of justice work

Affordable Housing

June 2021

NOAH members successfully engaged metro council members, resulting in the delegation of fund for housing during the Metro Council Public Hearing on the budget. This included:

– $22.5 million for the Barnes Fund ($12.5 million local and $10 million federal)

– $500,000 for a long-term Metro Nashville housing plan.

– Two full-time housing experts added to Metro Planning Department.

July-August 2020

 NOAH’s Affordable Housing Task Force pressured a Mayor’s committee and the Metro Council to use federal CARES Act funding for rental assistance and for those affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis. An initial commitment of $10 million was made for rental assistance, mortgage help, and emergency support.

May-June 2020

In face of a 34% property tax increase, NOAH organized publicity on existing senior property tax assistance programs (3 TV stories, 8000 Facebook contacts, 3000 emails, contacts with agencies and NOAH congregations). https://www.noahtn.org/prop_tax_asst_2020

2020

 NOAH advocated for a Metro Budget with $10 million in Barnes Housing Fund, as well as more money for schools and other needs. https://www.noahtn.org/budget2020

2018

As part of the Stand Up Nashville Coalition, NOAH won a Community Benefits Agreement on proposed soccer stadium, 20% of related housing to be affordable, stadium employees to start at $15.50/hr, “High Road Contractors” hiring from poverty areas,and a sliding scale child care center. 

2018-2020

At NOAH’s urging, Mayors appointed 3 affordable housing experts, including 2 NOAH leaders, to the board of Metro Development and Housing Agency. MDHA manages public housing, as well as downtown and neighborhood development – but needs a renewed focus on housing.

2016-2020

NOAH increased resources for affordable housing by funding from Mayor and Metro Council to Barnes Affordable Housing Trust Fund ($45 million over 5 years). In 2019 budget crisis, the Mayor cut $5 million from Barnes Fund. NOAH held a demonstration of 100 people, showing critical need.

Learn more about the Affordable Housing Task Force

Criminal Justice

June 2021

NOAH leaders developed a comprehensive program called HEALS to answer mental health calls with mental health workers instead of police. NOAH then engaged champions on Metro Council and allies in the community in pushing for the HEALS program. However, a “co-response” model was adopted, with police and mental health workers answering such calls together.

October 2020

Over 700 people joined in NOAH’s virtual Public Meeting, entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now!” including Mayor Mayor John Cooper and representatives of Metro Police, Metro Schools, and Metro Council. NOAH pressed Mayor Cooper at our virtual public meeting to reimagine the criminal justice and education systems, with a focus on mental health.

2019

All 8 candidates for Mayor committed to work with NOAH on Affordable Housing, Education, Criminal Justice, and Economic Equity & Jobs at a public meeting of 600.

2016-2018

NOAH pushed for mental health diversion from jail with the Mayor, Metro Council, Metro Health Department, and mental health advocates state-wide, winning $3.5 million for a new Nashville diversion center.

2016-2017

NOAH gained Mayor Barry’s original public commitment to implement body and dash cameras throughout MNPD; Pushed Metro Council to approve original budget allocations for body cameras and dash cameras (although implementation has been held up).

Learn more about the Criminal Justice Task Force

Economic Equity, Jobs, & Transportation

October 2020

Over 700 people joined in NOAH’s virtual Public Meeting, entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now!” Mayor John Cooper and representatives of Metro Police, Metro Schools, and Metro Council committed to work with us on our key issues.

2019

 All 8 candidates for Mayor committed to work with NOAH on Affordable Housing, Education, Criminal Justice, and Economic Equity & Jobs at a public meeting of 600. Later, Run-Off Candidates Briley and Cooper, pledged to work with NOAH. Each claimed to be the best to address lack of wages & affordable housing. http://bit.ly/brileycooper

2018

As part of the Stand Up Nashville Coalition, NOAH won a Community Benefits Agreement on proposed soccer stadium, 20% of related housing to be affordable, stadium employees to start at $15.50/hr, “High Road Contractors” hiring from poverty areas, and a sliding scale child care center. 

Learn more about the EEJT Task Force 

Education

h4>June 2021

NOAH members successfully advocated for $3.7 million to create Advocacy Centers in 72 elementary schools! For the first time, local funding was allocated to MNPS to use on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). This down payment will help shift our schools from using punitive discipline practices that perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline to a school system that understands and meets the needs of the whole child.

h4>October 2020

Over 700 people joined in NOAH’s virtual Public Meeting, entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now!” Mayor John Cooper and representatives of Metro Police, Metro Schools, and Metro Council committed to work with us on our key issues.

h4>June-July 2020:

NOAH held 4 powerful Candidate Meetings for School Board, highlighting NOAH’s issues (especially racial disparity in suspensions) and gaining commitments from all candidates to work with NOAH.

h4>2019

All 8 candidates for Mayor committed to work with NOAH on Affordable Housing, Education, Criminal Justice, and Economic Equity & Jobs at a public meeting of 600.

h4>2018

NOAH won a “no suspension policy” for elementary students as a way to break the “school-to-prison pipeline,” especially for Black and brown children in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Learn more about the Education Task Force

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