Be A Helping Hand Foundation
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827 West McKennie Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
Organization Details

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Mission

Our VISION is to strengthen families by creating sustainable communities through affordable housing.

Our MISSION is to help underserved families by providing safe affordable housing and person-centered programs that will empower the communities we serve.

Our VALUES are to be the positive change we want to see in the world. We strive to create an environment of trust, integrity, and respect. We aim to provide a high standard of living with clean, quality housing that anyone would be proud to live in. Our work is to build affordable homes and a strong foundation for a safe and healthy future.

Background

Be a Helping Hand (BHH) was originally established in 2001 as a nonprofit training program designed to provide education in the building trades for Nashville's socio-economically disadvantaged communities. We trained over 500 students in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry. Our students were given the skills to become certified journeymen/women and were able to find gainful employment in their communities as a result.

In 2006 we naturally evolved from our construction training program into a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) as we noticed a great deficit of high-quality affordable housing in Nashville. Our continuing mission is to help our communities gain prosperity through affordable housing, education, person-centered and green programs. We work to provide affordable family homes and a high standard of living for our neighbors who have been priced out of the housing market. BHH is committed to serving the following populations:

-Female Heads of Household
-Large Families
-Survivors and Victims of Domestic Violence
-Families Enrolled in the Strong Babies Project
-Elderly
-People with Disabilities
-Veterans

We are proud to have built or rehabilitated more than 45 homes in North Nashville and the surrounding metro areas utilizing funding from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as individual donors. Our goal is to continue to build affordable family homes while implementing new advocacy programs and championing policy changes that will positively impact the lives of Nashville's underserved communities.

Impact

We trained over 500 students in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and carpentry. Our students were given the skills to become certified journeymen/women and were able to find gainful employment in their communities as a result.

We have helped our communities gain prosperity through affordable housing, education, person-centered, and green programs.
We are proud to have built or rehabilitated more than 45 homes in North Nashville and the surrounding metro areas utilizing funding from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as individual donors.

Our Progress

2008-2009

1. In 2008, thirty-two students were trained and graduated from our training program and later found gainful employment.
2. MDHA Community Housing Development Organization re-certification.
3. $92,500 CHDO, Community Housing Development Organization, Award from MDHA.
4. Acquired three properties: two for affordable homeownership, and one for affordable home rental.

2010-2011

1. Forty-one students were trained and then graduated from our training program and later found gainful employment.
2. Re-certified -MDHA CHDO Program.
3. Awarded $750,000 from NSPII (Neighborhood Stabilization Plan).
4. Purchased and rehabbed twelve foreclosed or abandoned homes.
5. Awarded $50,000 from Fifth Third Bank CRA Enterprise Investment Fund.

2011-2012

1. Completed OMB A-133 Audit.
2. Thirty-nine students graduated from our training program and later found gainful employment.
3. Awarded $516,704 to provide six affordable homes to serve low-income families.

2012-2013

1. MDHA Community Housing Development Organization re-certification.
2. Awarded THDA Housing Trust Fund funding of $121,060 and MDHA funding of $94,349 for acquisition and construction of three housing units to serve very low and low-income families at 50% & 60% AMI.

2013-2014

1. MDHA Community Housing Development Organization re-certification.
2. Awarded THDA funding of $405,511, Barnes Affordable Housing Fund, and HOME funding of $539,478 for construction of eight housing units to serve large families with very low-income and disabilities.

2014-2015

1. Constructed eight housing units - six affordable for home rentals and two for affordable homeownership.
2. Awards for the six units from Barnes, MDHA & THDA totaling $944,989.42.

2015-2016

1. Constructed and sold four single-family affordable homes in The Woods at Monticello.
2. Completed OMB A-133 Audit.

2016-2018

1. MDHA Community Housing Development Organization re-certification.
2. Completed OMB A-133 Audit.
3. Constructed four affordable home rentals.
4. Awards for four units from Barnes & MDHA totaling $824,047.

2018-2019

1. MDHA Community Housing Development Organization re-certification.
3. Constructing 5 housing affordable home rentals.
2. Awards for three units from Barnes & MDHA totaling $750,479.

2019-April 2020

1. We have received $143,345 for the construction of three units from the Barnes Fund.
2. We have a pending MDHA grant in the amount of $375,000 for the construction of two units.
3. We launched our Spreading the Wealth of Nature program in partnership with Root Nashville and the Metro Public Health Department and planted native trees on all of our North Nashville affordable housing properties.
4. We partnered with Plenty International's Kids To The Country program as part of our Spreading the Wealth of Nature program to offer nature and science-based learning to at-risk youth in our communities. (Due to COVID-19, this program is temporarily on hold.)
5. We received and put to work a grant from Plenty International for the rebuilding of our homes that were damaged in the March 2020 tornado.

Goals:

1. Provide more housing for families at 60% AMI ( low- income), large families, and women survivors/victims of domestic violence.
2. Acquire funding to increase staffing to help facilitate person-centered programs, green programs, and affordable housing programs.

Needs

Be a Helping Hand continues an ongoing effort to acquire funding to increase staffing to help facilitate advocacy programs, person-centered programs, green programs, and of course affordable housing. We also have a need for funding to help with our recovery efforts after the March 2020 tornado. BHH lost one of our affordable homes in North Nashville and four others were badly damaged. Many families in North Nashville who were already struggling to get by, lost their homes so we are working hard to build more affordable housing to ensure that this community that we serve is not displaced as a result of the tornado.


CEO Statement

As Executive Director of Be a Helping Hand, I believe it is important that the organization maintain a well-balanced structure to ensure that all phases of the organization reflect our ongoing commitment to our vision, mission, and values. Having positive role models is very important in our urban communities, which is why I feel a personal responsibility to assist in addressing the concerns of my community. It gives me great pleasure to be able to help a family purchase or rent a home built by our organization that is affordable. The generosity and goodwill of people who care about the welfare of others are what make life so fulfilling. Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." Giving to Be a Helping Hand is really a partnership in giving with a friend you can trust. Our donors can feel confident that their donations are going to an honest organization that will work hard to put their money to work building foundations for a safe and healthy future for our communities in Nashville.

Sincerely,
Mark A. Wright


Service Categories

Primary Category: Housing, Shelter  - Housing Development, Construction & Management 
Secondary Category: Human Services  - Family Services 
Tertiary Category: Environment  - Environment NEC 

Areas Served

North Nashville and surrounding metropolitan areas.

TN - Davidson