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File #: RS2022-1559    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/24/2022 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 6/7/2022 Final action: 6/7/2022
Title: A resolution appropriating $2,600,851 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to provide legal representation to low and moderate-income Davidson County renters to defend against landlord eviction.
Sponsors: Zulfat Suara, Jennifer Gamble, Courtney Johnston, Ginny Welsch, Burkley Allen, Kyonzte Toombs, Freddie OConnell, Erin Evans, Delishia Porterfield
Attachments: 1. Exhibit
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A resolution appropriating $2,600,851 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to provide legal representation to low and moderate-income Davidson County renters to defend against landlord eviction.
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WHEREAS, on June 15, 2021, the Metropolitan Council passed Resolution RS2021-966, a resolution which accepted grant funds for local government support from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ("ARP Funds") from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Count, which was subsequently signed into law by Mayor John Cooper on June 16, 2021; and,
WHEREAS, Resolution RS2021-966 established a COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee ("the Committee") whose role is to collect, consider, and recommend appropriate uses of the ARP Funds as designated by the Metropolitan Council disbursement plan. The Committee will submit its reports and recommendations to the Mayor, the Director of Finance, and the Metropolitan Council no later than June 30, 2025; and,
WHEREAS, there are federal requirements for use of ARP Funds that require that these funds be expended or obligated on or before December 31, 2024; and,
WHEREAS, the Committee recognizes that protecting low and moderate-income renters is a critical priority identified by the community and that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused negative financial effects on families across Davidson County; and,
WHEREAS, the Committee has previously recommended allocation and offsets of federal CARES Act and ARP Funds to assist with rent and mortgage assistance through RS2020-478, as amended by RS2020-607, RS2020-657, and RS2021-1116, which were approved by Metro Council; and,
WHEREAS, the Committee seeks to further protect renters by providing a right to counsel when faced with threat of landlord eviction; and,
WHEREAS, the Committee recognizes that renter right to counsel programs are proven to reduce displac...

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