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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

The City of Knoxville kicked-off its consolidated planning process on July 11, 2019, with a crowd-sourcing event that asked people visiting and working in the City County Building to share their opinion on what “Knoxville Needs…” The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Community Planning and Development (CPD) formula block grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program.

The Consolidated Plan is a strategic plan designed to help local jurisdictions, like the City of Knoxville, to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. Engaging the public as well as other community partners, will inform the City’s Five Year (2020-2024) Consolidated Plan, due to HUD in May 2020.

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. The City of Knoxville’s Year One (2020-2021) Annual Action Plan process will be held congruently with its Consolidated Plan process.  

Knoxville residents will have several opportunities to be engaged in the consolidated/annual action planning process, including:

•    Participating in an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020CPlan to help prioritize the community’s need for affordable housing and services for homeless people, veterans, single mothers and other low- and moderate-income people. Survey questions are informed by HUD’s national priorities and eligible activities. Responses are anonymous and will be reported in group form only.

•    Attending public meetings where they can ask questions and take the survey during a presentation moderated by Community Development staff members. Residents are invited to attend one or more of these public meetings:

East
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Aug. 19
Burlington Branch Library (4614 Asheville Hwy)

North
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20
Inskip-Norwood Recreation Center (301 W Inskip Dr.)

West
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22
Deane Hill Recreation Center (7400 Deane Hill Dr. NW)

South
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Aug. 26
South Knoxville Community Center (522 Maryville Pike)

Two additional public meetings will be held at O’Connor Senior Center:

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

All public meetings are posted on the City’s website at KnoxvilleTN.gov/Development and on the City’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/CityofKnoxville.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend one of the meetings listed above should contact Stephanie Cook at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034 at least 10 days in advance. Contact Knoxville’s Title VI coordinator, Tatia Harris, for an English interpreter at 865-215-2831.

The Five-Year Consolidated Plan will develop on the following timeline:
The Five-Year Consolidated Plan will develop on the following timeline:

•    July - Sept. 2019: Gather information
•    Oct. - Nov. 2019: Analyze and organize responses
•    Jan. 2020: Hold a public meeting to report findings
•    March - April 2020: Release the draft Five-Year Consolidated Plan/Year                     
    One Annual Action Plan for public comment
•    May 2020: Submit plans to HUD
HUD Grantees, like the City of Knoxville, report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).  The City of Knoxville is currently drafting its 2018-2019 CAPER and anticipates releasing it on September 9, 2019, for a 15-day public comment period.  Check back here on that date to see links to the draft report and how to submit comments.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT 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 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.

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