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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 developing its 2014-2015 Annual Action Plan for the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act funds during the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014. A draft of the document will be available for public comment beginning on March 26, 2014. The final version is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or before May 15, 2014. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, has notified the City of the amount of CDBG and HOME funds it will receive for the 2014-2015 program year. The City will receive $1,410,665 in CDBG and $795,283 in HOME funds. The City also anticipates receiving approximately $150,000 in CDBG program income and $696,000 in HOME program income. HOME funds to be reprogrammed are approximately $1,000,000. HUD has also notified the City that it will not be receiving Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for program years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
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Información en español [PDF]
2014-15 Annual Action Plan Draft [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]
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.
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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 - 2013-2014 [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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