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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:
The City of Knoxville is in the process of drafting a new Consolidated Plan for Community Development. The five year Consolidated Plan outlines Knoxville's needs, priorities, and strategies for homeless assistance, affordable housing, and non-housing community development for program years 2015-2019. Another component of the Plan is the 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan, which describes the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for the first year of the Plan, beginning July 1, 2015. The City of Knoxville encourages citizen comment on the draft plan. The final version is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or before May 15, 2015. A public hearing on the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan will be held at 5:30 pm on April 7, 2015, at the John T. O'Connor Center, 611 Winona Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Citizens may also submit their comments via e-mail to Linda Rust at lrust@cityofknoxville.org or in writing by mail or fax to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901, fax 865-215-2962 or by calling 865-215-2120 for additional information.

The City will receive comments through April 16, 2015.

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View Final Draft 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan [PDF]
View Final Draft of 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan [PDF]
April 7 Public Meeting Presentation [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]
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]
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 offers low-interest loans for the complete rehab of owner-occupied homes. Click here to learn more about the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehab Program.
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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