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

Programs

Description
Our Gaining Prosperity Program provides economic empowerment services to low-income women heads-of-household to support them in becoming self-sufficient, maintaining employment, gaining financial stability, and achieving homeownership.

We provide childcare resources, education, mentoring programs for children, and case management services to eligible women. These services include trauma-informed individual counseling and support groups, financial empowerment counseling, and holistic wellness support.

We inform and educate residents on legislative self-advocacy issues related to affordable housing, a living wage, healthcare, and stopping violence against women and children and strongly encourage them to be active partners with our program in advocating for themselves. We encourage participants in our programs to be actively engaged in their financial independence and to make consistent measurable progress toward initial short and long-term life goals.


Category
Human Services  - Victims' Services 
Beneficiaries
Families
Females
Victims
Program Areas Served
North Nashville and surrounding metro areas
Description
Sustaining the natural world helps our communities ensure that their social, economic, and environmental systems are well-integrated and will endure.

Green space and access to nature are vital to our health and well-being. Social and environmental inequality has contributed to the poor health and economic outcomes of people living in low-income neighborhoods and in minority communities. These communities are disproportionately exposed to air pollution and lack trees and green spaces, which has influenced urban heat patterns, making the areas several degrees hotter in summer than wealthier tree covered areas of Nashville.

Promoting racial equity and fighting climate change are inherently entwined. We are addressing this environmental injustice by working to improve the health and well being of our residents through access to nature. These nature programs include:

1. Tree Planting
2. Native Garden Landscaping
3. Rain Gardens
4. Pollinator Gardens
5. Nature Programs for Kids

Program Successes
Planted native trees on all of our North Nashville affordable housing properties through a continuing partnership with Root Nashville, Nashville Tree Foundation, and the Metro Health Department.
Saved numerous trees on our properties and planted native gardens for our tenants.
With the help of the Cumberland River Compact. we planted rain gardens for our tenants using native plants.
Installed energy-efficient appliances, HVAC, and fixtures to all of our affordable homes.
Have partnerships lined up with other green organizations to implement new programs as soon it is safe to do so after the COVID-19 pandemic. t
Partnered with Plenty International and Kids To The Country to provide nature programs for kids and green programs.
In the process of planning a pollinator garden partnership for our tenants.
Category
Environment  - Environment, General/Other 
Beneficiaries
At-Risk Populations
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Areas Served
North Nashville and surrounding metro areas
Budget
$503,803.00
Description
We are working to ensure that the housing needs of our community members are met and opportunity is available to all, with a focus on supporting women. North Nashville has a rich cultural history that has been systematically attacked by racist local planning policies and gentrification spanning the past fifty years. We want to protect and strengthen the culture and spirit of North Nashville by making sure that our neighbors are not displaced in the name of "progress" or "growth." We know that in order to strengthen the community, women must be supported.

We provide individuals and families with access to affordable housing that is sustainable, well-built, safe, comfortable, and clean. Our program empowers North Nashvillians at risk of displacement by gentrification to afford to stay and live in their own community, in a home that provides the foundation to build generational wealth, ensuring opportunity for all of our neighbors.
Beneficiaries
Females
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Areas Served
North Nashville and surrounding metro areas