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As of February 1, 2021, the City of Knoxville is taking applications for:

• HUD Community Development Block Grants, including PY2021-2022 CDBG and CARES Act supplemental CDBG (CDBG-CV) funds. Click here for details and forms.

• Homeless Grants, including HUD Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) for PY2021-2022, CARES Act supplemental ESG (ESG-CV) and City of Knoxville Homeless General Funds. Click here for details and forms.

ALL grants applications are due (and must be received by) 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, February 19, 2021.

COVID-19 Housing AssistanceAre you having trouble paying your rent or mortgage due to financial issues brought about by COVID-19? Maybe your rent or mortgage is temporarily delayed, but you aren’t sure how you’ll afford to pay when the bills are due?

You may qualify for COVID-19-related housing assistance, if you live in the city of Knoxville and have lost employment or income due to COVID-19, or are unable to work because you’ve been diagnosed or quarantined with COVID-19.

Click here for more information or call 211 and ask about the Housing Assistance Program for COVID-19.

Housing and Neighborhood Development (formerly Community Development) administers a variety of programs geared toward the revitalization of Knoxville's low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. In order for resources to have the greatest impact, the Department targets its programs to strategy areas that are selected periodically.

Main Line: 865-215-2120
Fax: 865-215-2962 
Disability Services:  865-215-2034
TTY: 865-215-4581 
Fair Housing Program:  865-215-2120
Housing Programs:  865-215-2120
Neighborhood Strategy Areas: 865-215-2120
Solutions to Problem Properties: 865-215-2120


January 14, 2021, 6:00 pm

The City of Knoxville is developing its Year Two Annual Action Plan Update to its Five Year Consolidated Plan for the proposed use of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for program year 2021-2022.

At this virtual meeting, the City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will:

•    Discuss anticipated HUD and local funding for PY2021-2022 programs starting July 1, 2021;
•    Review priority goals and objectives from its 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan;
•    Give an overview of CARES Act Supplemental CDBG and ESG funding in response to COVID-19;
•    Introduce representatives from the University of Tennessee SWORPS who will provide data on the need for emergency shelter and affordable housing in Knoxville;
•    Facilitate a discussion on unmet needs and gaps in affordable housing, emergency shelter and services, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic;
•    Describe the process for developing the draft 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan, including how the public may provide input; and
•    Inform agencies on how they may apply for grant funding to meet priority goals and objectives.

To join the Zoom meeting at 6:00 PM EST on January 14, 2021:


Meeting ID: 946 5119 0799
Passcode: 595556

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If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to attend a City of Knoxville virtual meeting, please contact the City of Knoxville's ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Brewer Cook at 865-215-2034 or scook@knoxvilletn.gov no less than 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to the meeting you wish to attend. The City of Knoxville is committed to meeting the needs of non-English speaking residents. If you have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and want to request interpretation services, please contact the City of Knoxville’s Title VI Coordinator, Tatia M. Harris at tharris@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2831, at least 48 hours (2 days) prior to the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the virtual meeting, your feedback is still appreciated. Please send in your comments/questions to Linda Rust at lrust@knoxvilletn.gov, or by mail to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN  37901. Call 865-215-2357 for additional info.


Funding may include CDBG-CV, ESG-CV, and PY2021-2022 CDBG and ESG/Homeless Grants Programs

Application packets will be available February 1, 2021 at Current Grant Opportunities.


* Programs to improve housing opportunities for lower-income homeowners, tenants and home buyers as well as assistance to organizations serving Knoxville's homeless population.
* A Fair Housing Program to promote equal opportunity in housing in Knoxville.
* Activities that identify vacant, blighted or problem properties and seek developers to return them to productive use.
* Support for programs that assist neighborhoods in identifying and solving their own problems
* Support for programs that provide training and employment to lower-income citizens or to assist lower-income citizens in starting small businesses.


* Five Points Commercial Development
* Lonsdale Redevelopment
* Vestal Redevelopment


Energy Star Partner - The City of Knoxville is a proud partner of ENERGY STAR. The Housing and Neighborhood Development (former Community Development) Department's Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program has built thirteen (13) Energy Star homes and plan on building more Energy Star-certified homes. ENERGY STAR qualified products and practices help you save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE. The ENERGY STAR label also designates superior energy performance in homes and buildings. More information is available on the ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov.