Nashville Group Home for Mentally Ill – Fair Housing Advocates React To Neighborhood Debate

A group home for the mentally ill wasn’t exactly received with a welcome mat.

Neighbors in an Old Hickory subdivision voiced concerns about their property values and the safety of their children.  They thought it violated home owners association bylaws.

Neighbors told us the home violates neighborhood by-laws that ban businesses in the subdivision.

But on Monday, McCartney explained that because the home is a non-profit organization, it’s not in violation.

“It’s not that the bylaws are not valid or enforceable but a group home of this nature would fit within those bylaws just fine,” McCartney said.

As for zoning laws? Tracey McCartney works for the Tennessee Fair Housing Council and said state and federal laws protect facilities just like this.

Read remainder of the story at NewsChannel5.

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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