Nashville to give $10 million in rent, mortgage assistance amid COVID-19


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —The COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee has approved to make $10 million available to residents of Davidson County who need help with rent or mortgage payments.

The nine-person committee approved the funding that comes from the CARES Act. The Metro Council will vote whether on the funding allocation at a meeting Tuesday night.

FOX 17 News previously reported on the around $100 million Nashville still had to spend in federal CARES Act funding. A local group called for the money to be used to save people from evictions.

Last week, Mayor Cooper said "eviction assistance is one of the major concerns, it's a very fine nine person committee that I know will advocate for that and take it very seriously."

Nashville has a website set up for folks in need of assistance, which includes links to the United Way of Greater Nashville COVID-19 Response Fund.

The COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee said there is a chance that more money could be released for housing assistance in the future. The money will be distributed by the United Way of Greater Nashville, and the funds could begin helping Nashvillians next month.