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KNOX HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Knox Housing AssistanceThe Knox Housing Assistance Program is a joint City of Knoxville/Knox County initiative aiding renters adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to income-qualified city and county renters where one or more individuals in the home have experienced one of the following adverse financial impacts due directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic:

• Qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income
• Incurred significant costs
• Experienced other financial hardship

Learn more at KnoxHousingAssistance.org

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.

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


A draft of the City of Knoxville’s PY2020-2021 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for public review and comment for a period of 15 days beginning September 13, 2021. The report is available for review here [PY2020-2021 draft CAPER] and in the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Office, 5th Floor City-County Building, 400 Main Street and the draft report may also be mailed to interested parties upon request by calling Linda Rust at (865) 215-2357. The final report will be submitted to HUD by September 30, 2021.

The CAPER describes how the City of Knoxville spent CDBG, ESG, and HOME funds received from HUD during the program year that ended June 30, 2021. The CAPER also describes how the City used supplemental funding from HUD through the CARES Act, including CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funds, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
The City of Knoxville ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services. To request language translation services, contact Diversity and Inclusion Officer Tatia M. Harris at tharris@knoxvilletn.gov or (865) 215-2831. For disability accommodations, contact ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or (865) 215-2034. Please submit your requests for translation and/or accommodations as early as possible after the draft report is available to ensure you have time to receive it, read it, and comment if you wish, before the comment period has concluded on September 27, 2021.
Questions and comments may be submitted to Linda Rust at (865) 215-2357, lrust@knoxvilletn.gov or mailed to City of Knoxville, Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN 37901.  All comments must be received no later than September 27, 2021. 

HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES

* 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.


REVITALIZATION PROJECTS

* Five Points Commercial Development
* Lonsdale Redevelopment
* Vestal Redevelopment


ENERGY STAR

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 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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