|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 is developing its 2014 Annual Action Plan for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds during the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.
This plan will include projects and activities the City will perform from July 2014-June 2015 to address the housing, infrastructure, service, and other community needs identified in the 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan.
A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013, in the community room at the Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine Street. This meeting will be an opportunity for Knoxville residents to provide input to City staff about community development, housing, and homeless needs and issues.
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|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.
|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.
| 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 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
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.