City Seeks Comment on Use of Stimulus Funds

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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City Seeks Comment on Use of Stimulus Funds

Posted: 05/22/2009
The City of Knoxville's Community Development Dept. is seeking public comment on a plan to use federal economic stimulus funds allocated under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

On May 6, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued the notice of funding allocation and requirements for the CDBG program under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The City of Knoxville has been allocated $504,654 in CDBG-R funding as a supplemental appropriation for CDBG-eligible activities that will maximize job creation and promote economic benefit. HUD strongly urges grantees to use CDBG-R funds for activities that promote energy efficiency and conservation through rehabilitation or retrofitting of existing buildings.

In order to receive these funds, the City must submit a substantial amendment to the Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan outlining its CDBG-R plan by June 5, 2009.

In an effort to meet the requirements of CDBG-R in a timely, transparent and efficient manner, the Community Development Department will fund two activities:
The Commercial Facade Program implemented by the City of Knoxville and
The Park City Home Energy Improvement Project implemented by Knox Housing Partnership (KHP).

The KHP proposal, submitted during the regular CDBG solicitation process for the Annual Action Plan, will provide a residential energy efficiency and healthy housing assessment and remediation program for homes located in Park City.

Both activities meet the goals and requirements of the CDBG-R program and would have been funded in the 2009-2010 Annual Action Plan if there had been sufficient funds.

The draft CDBG-R plan was posted on the Community Development Website -- http://www.cityofknoxville.org/development -- on May 22, 2009, with comments due by May 29, 2009.

Community Development Department seeks public comments on the CDBG-R plan. Comments may be made to Becky Wade via e-mail at bwade@cityofknoxville.org , or by postal mail to Becky Wade, Community Development Dept., City of Knoxville, P.O. Box 1631, Rm. 520, Knoxville, TN 37901.

All comments received will be included in the final plan that is submitted to HUD.