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Draft of the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan
for Housing and Community Development


The City of Knoxville Department of Community Development is in the process of drafting their 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan, which describes the proposed use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds for the second year of the Five Year Consolidated Plan that begins July 1, 2016.  

Public Comment Period

The draft of the Annual Action Plan will be available for a 30-day public comment beginning on March 15, 2016.  

(Link to the Draft Plan)

The City of Knoxville encourages citizen comment on the draft plan. Physical copies may also be examined beginning on March 15, 2016, at the following locations: the Department of Community Development, 5th floor, City-County Bldg., 400 Main Street; the Lawson-McGhee branch of the Knox County Public Library; and the main office of the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee. Citizens may also obtain a copy of the draft plan by calling the Community Development Department at 865-215-2120.

Citizens may also submit their comments via e-mail to Linda Rust at lrust@knoxvilletn.gov or in writing by mail or fax to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901, fax 865-215-2962 or by calling 865-215-2120 for additional information.

All comments must be received no later than April 15, 2016. The final version is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or before May 15, 2016.

Funding

For the program year beginning July 1, 2016, the City expects to receive $1,324,336 in CDBG and $736,049 in HOME funds.  The City also anticipates receiving approximately $150,000 in CDBG program income and $540,000 in HOME program income. The City will be reallocating $902,295 in unspent prior year CDBG grant funds and $690,000 in unspent prior year HOME funds.

The draft Annual Action Plan proposes the following allocation of HUD funds across four priority areas (plus administration costs):

CDBG:  $1,118,397 for Affordable Housing rehabilitation and development (including owner-occupied and rental housing); $325,268 for Economic Development (commercial façade improvement) in redevelopment areas;  $273,412 for Homeless facility improvements; $167,182 for Neighborhood Needs (blighted property acquisition, maintenance, and redevelopment initiatives); $149,505 in Public Services; $48,000 for technical and design assistance; and $294,867 for general program administration.  HOME (Affordable Housing):  $925,000 for rental housing rehabilitation/development; $663,445 for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation; $175,000 for affordable housing development; $75,000 for down payment assistance; and $127,604 for program administration. More detailed budget estimates will be included in the draft annual plan.

Public Hearing

A public hearing on the draft Annual Action Plan will be held at 5:30 pm on April 11, 2016, at the John T. O’Connor Center, 611 Winona Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. 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 865-215-2120 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.

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