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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 is currently developing its Annual Action Plan Update to its Five Year Consolidated Plan for the proposed use of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for Program Year Four, beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The first of two public meetings to discuss the Annual Action Plan was held on February 5, 2018. At this meeting, Community Development staff reviewed priorities and strategies from the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan, shared accomplishments (focusing on affordable housing as a priority activity), explained constraints – both regulatory and financial - that impact how HUD funds are allocated to activities, and presented its proposed priority activities for program year 2018-2019. That presentation can be found here (presentation).  Comments from residents were also invited and received at the meeting and are part of the process the city uses to determine priority activities for the program year. Community Development staff also discussed the City's Homeless Grant process for homeless service providers interested in applying for funding for activities beginning July, 2018.  See below.

Applications are now being accepted for Homeless Grants.  A mandatory workshop for Homeless Grant applicants will be held on February 8 at 11:00 AM at the O'Connor Center, 611 Winona Street (inclement weather date is February 12, same time and place). Applications are due by 12:00 noon, February 23, 2018.
 
The draft Annual Action Plan will be available for public review and comment on April 6, 2018.  The draft will include an estimation of funding amounts and sources for proposed programs and activities beginning July 1, 2018.  A thirty-day public comment period on the draft plan will begin April 6 and run through May 7, 2018. Comments may be shared with Linda Rust at lrust@knoxvilletn.gov , or mail to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN  37901, or by fax to 865-215-2962.

A second Public Meeting to discuss the draft plan and receive comments from the public, will be held at the end of the public comment period, on May 7, 2018, at 5:30 PM at the O’Connor Center, 611 Winona Street.
The O’Connor Center is wheelchair accessible. Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations including sign-language interpreters should contact Stephanie Cook, City of Knoxville ADA Coordinator at 865-215-2034 or scook@knoxvilletn.gov . Please request accommodations at least ten days in advance.
 
Community Development is committed to meeting the needs of non-English speaking residents, including foreign language interpreters and materials translated in the appropriate language.  Please request accommodations at least ten days in advance.
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting, your feedback is still appreciated. Please send in your comments/questions to Linda Rust at lrust@knoxvilletn.gov , mail to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN  37901, or by fax to 865-215-2962 or by calling 865-215-2357 for additional info.


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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