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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:
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Solutions to Problem Properties:
A draft of the City of Knoxville's Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report will be available for citizen review and comment for a period of fifteen days beginning September 8, 2014. Follow this link for a Draft Report .
The report describes how the City of Knoxville expended Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014.
The report is also available for review in the City's Community Development Office, 5th Floor City-County Building 400 Main Street. The draft report will also be mailed to interested parties upon request by calling Cicely Henderson in the Community Development Department at (865) 215-2120. Questions and comments may be submitted to Linda Rust at (865) 215-2120, lrust@cityofknoxville.org or mailed to City of Knoxville, Community Development Department, P. O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN 37901. All comments must be received no later than September 22, 2014.
CAPER Report [PDF]
On behalf of the City of Knoxville, Mayor Madeline Rogero accepted a $2.5 million grant today from officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eradicate lead-based paints and other home health hazards in the Knoxville area.
Click here to view press release
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.
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.
Disability Services
Façade Improvement Program (FIP)
Fair Housing
Housing Programs
Homemaker's Program
Office of Neighborhoods
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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