Martha O'Bryan Center
Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization with longstanding history and deep community roots, founded in 1894. Our headquarter campus sits in the East Nashville public housing campus of Cayce Place, currently transforming into the mixed-income neighborhood Boscobel Heights. Martha O’Bryan Center operates two public, K-8 charter schools in East Nashville, and is co-located with partner agencies in several other centers and public schools as well. These are the places in Nashville where we continue in service, partnering with families to open doors of hope and possibility, create a culture of attainment, and positively shape future generations.
Who We Serve
Martha O’Bryan Center serves over 12,000 children, youth and adults every year, from every residential zip code in Nashville. In our headquarter neighborhood of Cayce Place, less than a mile from downtown Nashville, the average household income for families is $7,494, 70% below the national poverty threshold for a family of 4 ($24,250).
Cayce Place stands at a pivotal moment in its long history. After four years of intensive planning, Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) has begun its Envision Cayce project, to scale the community’s 900 public housing units to 2,700 mixed-income units (1,100 low-income, 400 workforce, and 1,200 full-market). This kind of project has never been attempted—not at this scale, with most original residents remaining in place, and a high-performing school and amenities complex at its center.
Our transformed headquarter neighborhood will only succeed if driven by community input and feedback. Knowing this, we have partnered with MDHA to facilitate 50+ community meetings, listening to residents’ ideas, giving them decision-making agency in the transformation process. Our goal is to lift voices of original residents, creating a truly integrated mixed-income neighborhood. Change doesn’t happen when families move to new buildings; it happens when those buildings are complemented with a vast array of opportunities to pursue educational excellence, economic mobility, and family stability.
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