Our history

Our history

How it all began

Be a Helping Hand (BHH) was founded in 2001 originally as a nonprofit training program designed to provide education in the building trades for Nashville’s underrepresented 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 opportunity and gainful employment in their communities as a result.

 

A new vision

In 2006, as a response to the looming deficit of high-quality affordable housing in Nashville, BHH turned its attention from being a training program to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to empower families and build strong communities by providing safe, affordable housing, person-centered support, and green initiatives.

An affordable house built by Be A Helping Hand

As a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), our work is mindful of the increasing disparities in housing along economic lines. We are working to ensure that the housing needs of our community members are met and opportunity is available to all. We provide individuals and families in North Nashville and the surrounding Metro areas with access to affordable housing that is sustainable, well-built, safe, comfortable, and clean. Our affordable housing program and person-centered support provides the strong foundation needed for underrepresented families to sustain a life of health, opportunity, and pride. Our program empowers 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.

Who we serve

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

Toward a bright future

We are proud of the work we’ve done to help strengthen our local communities through affordable housing. We have built or restored more than forty-five affordable 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 empowering families, building strong communities, and creating a healthy environment for Nashville in order to be the positive change we want to see in the world.