Board of Directors | Executive Director

The mission of Hard Bargain Association (HBA) is to impact lives and preserve the Hard Bargain neighborhood by rehabbing existing homes, building quality affordable housing, and enriching the lives of our neighbors.

The vision of HBA is to:

  • Restore the neighborhood through rehabilitation and construction of new affordable housing
  • Utilize the community center for educational opportunities, job training, technological advancement, social interaction and community building
  • Transform the neighborhood into a vibrant community to be proud of for generations to come.

Our History

HBA is a grassroots, non-profit organization seeking to preserve Hard Bargain, a historic African American neighborhood, which was founded over 130 years ago. The neighborhood is located on 15 acres, two square city blocks in downtown Franklin, Tennessee and totals over 130 households…click here to read more

Our 3 programs include:

Homeownership Program

We build new homes and sell them below market value for low to moderate-income families. The first step is to contact Steve Murray at Community Housing Partnership, 615-790-5556, and set up an appointment  to fill a Housing Questionnaire and sign up for Homebuyer Education classes, a requirement to purchase one of our homes.

Rehab Program

Volunteers do repairs on the homes of elderly and low-income residents in Hard Bargain with volunteers. If you are a Hard Bargain resident and need a repair on your home, call our office at 615-591-0504.

Community Center Programs

We offer computer classes, cooking classes, and a variety of other classes and programs during the year. Also, you can rent the community center building for events and private parties. Contact Ashley Pope at ashley@hardbargain.org or 615-591-0504.

HBA is working together with the residents of this historic neighborhood to restore and rebuild it into what their vision is for the neighborhood and its future. We do this by having regular community meetings, design workshops, and having residents of the neighborhood on our board of directors and advisory board. Volunteers help in various ways including doing rehab projects on homes (repairs, painting, roofing, etc…) landscaping, gardening, clean up,  fundraising events and other volunteer projects.

The emphasis is on restoring the current community and not allowing gentrification of this historic neighborhood. HBA repairs existing homes and offers quality, affordable homes for purchase to people who have not been able to attain the dream of home ownership. This is possible with the help of donated services and materials, volunteer labor, and financial contributions.

We looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  Hebrews 11:10