|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:
|The City of Knoxville's Community Development Department has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 John Sasso Award from the National Community Development Association (NCDA). This recognition is based on the city's array of activities during National CD Week, April 1-7, 2013. The city focused on various projects, activities and services which are funded through three federally-funded programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG); and Home Investment (HOME) Partnership Program.
The national theme was, "Changing Communities, Changing Lives". During the week, the city highlighted several ventures that emphasized the impact of the federal programs.
These included featuring a variety of housing services, homeless initiatives, interaction with neighborhood organizations, presentation of equity awards, a clothing drive, and a community development fair.
The National Community Development Association was impressed with the level of the city's activities and implementation of "best practices". The award will be presented during NCDA's convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on June 26-29, 2013.
|The City of Knoxville is now accepting applications for the Blighted Properties Redevelopment Program. The program provides short-term development & construction financing through subsidized loans for the purpose of redeveloping and renovating unoccupied residential dwelling units, or construction on vacant properties, for sale, rent or owner occupation. Funds can be used towards acquisition, new construction of residential housing units (including site preparation), rehabilitation of housing units, utility connections, and other reasonable and necessary soft costs related to the development as approved by the Review Committee.
Program Requirements and Guidelines [PDF]
BPRP Application Part 1 [PDF]
BPRP Application Part 2 [PDF]
|The City of Knoxville has completed the 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan for the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds during the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013. A copy of the document is available below. It was submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on May 10, 2013. Questions may be directed to Linda Rust at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 865-215-2120.
View FINAL 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan [PDF]
| The Community Development Department is offering down payment assistance for the purchase of a new or fully renovated home in Knoxville.
$8,000 in down payment assistance is available to any buyer, regardless of income, who meets certain eligibility requirements and who will occupy the home as his or her principal residence. The $8,000 deferred payment loan will be forgiven at the rate of 20 percent per year, and payments are waived as long as the home buyer remains the owner and occupant of the property.
Low-income buyers may be eligible for thousands of dollars of additional down payment assistance.
The homes are located at 2546 E. Fifth Ave., 2413 Washington Ave., 1012 Oak Ave., 3403 & 3407 Bishop St.
View Sales Brochure with Photos [PDF]
Call 865-215-2120 for questions about this program.
| 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.
| 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 and to investigate complaints of housing discrimination
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.