THDA offers $500,000 to help build group home for homeless women

Ground breaking event for a new Mending Hearts group home for women, made possible by THDA's Housing Trust Fund.

Ground breaking event for a new Mending Hearts group home for women, made possible by THDA’s Housing Trust Fund.

THDA is providing $500,000 to help Mending Hearts build a group home for women in its addiction recovery program who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The eight-bedroom home will be constructed on the Mending Hearts campus at the corner of Albion Street and 42nd Avenue North in West Nashville. The nonprofit anticipates that it will house 16 women per year in the new building. Mending Hearts provides a continuum of evidence-based services to help women in recovery go from homelessness to full community reintegration, including intense case management, employment counseling and placement, education and job training, and relapse prevention.

“We are deeply touched by the stories of the individuals who find help at Mending Hearts, and we believe the continued growth of their residential program will greatly benefit the Nashville community,” said THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey.

Funding for the $500,000 grant comes from the Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which was created by the THDA Board of Directors to provide financial support for innovative, affordable initiatives that serve the housing needs of Tennessee’s must vulnerable residents.

The Housing Trust Fund receives no tax dollars but is replenished by revenue from THDA’s Great Choice home loan program. HTF grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Since 2006, THDA has provided more than $72 million in HTF grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations across the state.

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