|COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Becky Wade, Director
Room 532, City County Building
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
Fair Housing Program:
Neighborhood Strategy Areas:
Solutions to Problem Properties:
|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]
|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.
|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]
| COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROVIDES:
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
Five Points Commercial Development
The 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.