NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Wednesday, Mayor John Cooper announced he’s appointing 21 housing experts in his mission to create better and more affordable housing for Nashville.

“Mayor John Cooper has told us that Nashville’s affordable housing needs are urgent and it’s time to get to work,” said Andrea Fanta, press secretary for Mayor Cooper’s office.

At the mayor’s office, a group of 21 members were chosen from all professions to make up a brand new Affordable Housing Task Force. They’re among Metro Council members, real estate, planning and development, and individual entrepreneurs.

This group will brainstorm and come up with ideas to find the easiest and most efficient way to get Nashvillians affordable housing.

“The goal is to provide access to affordable housing for every Nashvillian who wants it and who needs it,” Fanta said.

And it’s not just for a specific income or specific areas of town. The goal is find access to affordable housing for ALL budgets and neighborhoods.

“What we want to avoid is misinformation that only some of our neighbors, or that a certain group of our neighbors, only need affordable housing,” Fanta said. “When we’re talking about affordable housing, we’re talking about all Nashvillians.”

The task force was just officially created Wednesday. Their first meeting is scheduled for next week and they hope to have a plan of action within the next few months. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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Melanie Layden is the weekend morning meteorologist at WSMV. She also has a segment during the week called "Growing Nashville" where she covers the growth of Music City. Melanie has been Working 4 You since 2014.

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