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Becky Wade, Director
Room 532, City County Building
Fax: 865-215-2962

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

Disability Services:

TTY: 865-215-4581
Fair Housing Program:
Housing Programs:
Neighborhood Strategy Areas:
Solutions to Problem Properties:
On Tuesday night, Jan. 27, the City's Community Development Department staff presented preliminary findings from surveys of more than 900 stakeholders - residents and neighborhood leaders, researchers and planners, advocates with nonprofit agencies, and others - gathered over about a three-month period.

The public meeting on the 2015-19 Five-Year Consolidated Plan was held at the John T. O'Connor Center, 611 Winona St.

The Community Development Department is still seeking public input for its Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which identifies community needs and priorities. The plan outlines the strategies the City will use to meet those priorities over the next five years with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).

Couldn't attend the Jan. 27 meeting? You can still share your opinions! Email your comments or questions to Linda Rust, Community Development, at lrust@cityofknoxville.org; or call (865) 215-2120; or fax to (865) 215-2962. Comments may also be mailed to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville Community Development Department, P.O. 1631, Knoxville TN 37901.

The final plan and the Year 1 Action Plan will be drafted by March, and additional public comments will be requested
View Meeting Presentation [PDF]
Survey Results [PDF]
Follow the link below to the City of Knoxville's Fourth Year Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) covering Program Year 2013 for Community Development Block Grant, HOME, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.
Final CAPER Report [PDF]
HUD Letter of CAPER Approval [PDF]
The Community Development Department is now accepting applications for the Rental Rehab Program. This program provides owners of substandard residential rental property with financial and technical rehabilitation assistance. In return for the City's rehabilitation assistance, participants agree to certain long-term (5 – 20 years) rent and occupancy restrictions which provide for the continued availability of the housing to lower-income families at an affordable rent. The Program utilizes forgivable loans called "Deferred Payment Loans," which require no monthly payments to subsidize the required costs of rehabilitation. Total funding is limited to 80 percent of cost of required rehabilitation or a maximum of $20,000 per unit for 1- 4 unit dwellings.

Rental Rehab Program Description [PDF]
Rental Rehab Application [PDF]
Rental Rehab Application Process [PDF]
Tenant Packet [PDF]
The Community Development Department offers low-interest loans for the complete rehab of owner-occupied homes. Click here to learn more about the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehab Program.
Applications and information are now available for the Community Development Block Grant and the Homeless Grant.

A MANDATORY Technical Assistance (TA) Workshop will be held Feb. 5, 2015 at the O'Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona Street, Knoxville, TN 37917.
  • 1:00 PM Homeless Grant Workshop
  • 2:00 PM CDBG Grant Workshop
    Please RSVP by Feb. 4 to Cissy Henderson at chenderson@cityofknoxville.org. In case of inclement weather on 2/5/2015, an alternate date of 2/10/2015 is scheduled for the workshop - same location, same times.

    APPLICATIONS are due at 12:00 pm (noon) on Feb. 17, 2015. Please read the linked files below for more detailed information about each application's requirements.

    For more information, please call Linda Rust at 865-215-2120 or email at lrust@cityofknoxville.org.

    Instructions [DOC]
    Application [DOC]
    Exhibit 1 Project Budget [XLS]
    Exhibit 3 Timeline [XLS]
    Checklist [DOC]

    Instructions [DOC]
    Application [DOC]
    Exhibit 1 Project Budget [XLS]
    Exhibit 3 Timeline [XLS]
    Checklist [DOC]
  • Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u and 24CFR Part 135) that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low-or very-low income residents (regardless of race or gender) in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
    More Section 3 Information
    List of Certified Section 3 Businesses [PDF]
    Below are links for the 2013 Collaborative Application documents for the Knoxville-Knox County Continuum of Care. This is the application submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), seeking funding for the applicants listed in the Project Priority Listing. If and when funding is awarded, the grants are made directly from HUD to the individual agencies identified in the project listing.
    Project Priority Listing [PDF]
    Knoxville-Knox County Continuum of Care Collaborative Application [PDF]
    Funding is now available through the Community Development's Blighted Property Redevelopment Program (BPRP). This program provides a 0% interest construction loan for development of eligible blighted properties. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as long as funds are available.
    Disability Services
    Façade Improvement Program (FIP)
    Fair Housing
    Housing Programs
    Homemaker's Program
    Office of Neighborhoods
    Section 3 Information / Certified Businesses
    Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) 2012-2013 [PDF]
    Annual Action Plan - 2014-2015 [PDF]
    2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice [PDF]
    5-Year Consolidated Plan, 2010-2015 [PDF]
    Past Reports and Plans

  • Programs to improve housing opportunities for lower-income homeowners, tenants and homebuyers 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 PartnerThe City of Knoxville is a proud partner of ENERGY STAR. Community Development Department's Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program have 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.

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