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Housing and Neighborhood Development (formerly 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.

• Draft of Plan TBA
• 30 Day Public Comment Period TBA
• Public Meeting TBA
• City Council Review / Vote TBA
• Final Plan ready TBA

January 21, 2020 Meeting Documents
Meeting Presentation [PDF]
Draft of Goals and Priorities [PDF]
Consolidated Plan Timeline [PDF]
Affordable Housing Fact Sheet [PDF]
Main Line: 865-215-2120
Fax: 865-215-2962 
Disability Services:  865-215-2034
TTY: 865-215-4581 
Fair Housing Program:  865-215-2120
Housing Programs:  865-215-2120
Neighborhood Strategy Areas: 865-215-2120
Solutions to Problem Properties: 865-215-2120

Please provide your input on the development of the City of Knoxville and Knox County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (known as the "AI") by going to the link below and completing your survey online. If you need a hard copy of this survey to print and mail in, please download the PDF surveys in English and Spanish. Please mail to Jaspuneet Kaur at Farmer Morgan, 441 Spring Street, Pikeville, TN  37367.

Survey in English 
Survey in Spanish 

Background Information:
The Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII, commonly known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3601) states that it is the policy of the United States to provide fair housing throughout the country. This Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or renting of housing, the financing of housing, or in the provision of brokerage services, including or otherwise making unavailable or denying a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.
Nationally, fair housing and impediments to fair housing are monitored by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s fundamental fair housing goal is to make fair housing choice a reality through proactive planning and intervention. HUD mandates fair housing planning through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) requirements.

Each grantee that receives CDBG and HOME funding under Title I of the Housing & Community Development Act is required to further fair housing and fair housing planning by conducting an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) in areas within its jurisdiction.

The purpose of the Al is to:
    • Serve as the substantive, logical basis of fair housing planning
    • Provide essential and detailed information to policy makers,   administrative staff, housing providers, lenders, and fair housing advocates
    • Assist in building public support for fair housing efforts
The Al is a review of impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sector.
Impediments to fair housing choice are:
    • Any actions, omissions, or decisions taken because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin which restrict housing choices or the availability of housing choices
    • Any actions, omissions, or decisions which have the effect of restricting housing choices or the availability of housing choices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin."


* Programs to improve housing opportunities for lower-income homeowners, tenants and home buyers 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 Partner - The City of Knoxville is a proud partner of ENERGY STAR. The Housing and Neighborhood Development (former Community Development) Department's Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program has 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.