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COVID-19 Housing AssistanceAre you having trouble paying your rent or mortgage due to financial issues brought about by COVID-19? Maybe your rent or mortgage is temporarily delayed, but you aren’t sure how you’ll afford to pay when the bills are due?

You may qualify for COVID-19-related housing assistance, if you live in the city of Knoxville and have lost employment or income due to COVID-19, or are unable to work because you’ve been diagnosed or quarantined with COVID-19.

Click here for more information or call 211 and ask about the Housing Assistance Program for COVID-19.

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

Public Notice
Amendments to the City of Knoxville’s 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Annual Action Plans

The Housing and Neighborhood Development Department plans to submit Substantial Amendments to its 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 Annual Action Plans to HUD. The Amendments are necessary for the City to receive and allocate $1,853,296 in supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds and to allocate/re-allocate $1,265,452 in supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funds, available to it under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.
A draft of the City’s proposed Amendments can be found here. [PDF]

Invitation to Comment
The public comment period closed April 19.

Draft Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2021-2022

A draft of the City’s Draft Annual Action Plan can be found here:  [PDF]. Comments are invited through May 1, 2021. The Annual Action Plan addresses HUD-funded programs proposed to begin July 1, 2021, and end June 30, 2022. The final PY2021-2022 Annual Action Plan is due to HUD by May 15, 2021.

Staff held a Public Meeting on April 27, 2021, at 6:00 PM, via Zoom. Watch archived video of the presentation on CTVKnox.org

Invitation to Comment on the Draft Annual Action Plan

All Knoxville residents are invited to ask questions or comment on the Draft PY2021-2022 Annual Action Plan. Questions or comments may be submitted in writing to Linda Rust, Community Development Administrator by email (lrust@knoxvilletn.gov) or by mail to P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN  37901. The City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development will accept comments through May 1, 2021.

Individuals with a disability who require an accommodation in order to participate may contact the City of Knoxville's ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Brewer Cook at 865-215-2034 or scook@knoxvilletn.gov no less than 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to a meeting date or the end of the public comment period. If you have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and want to request interpretation services, please contact the City of Knoxville’s Title VI Coordinator, Tatia M. Harris at tharris@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2831, at least 48 hours (2 days) prior to a meeting date or the end of the comment period.

April 29, 2021 City Council Workshop on the Draft Annual Action Plan

Housing and Neighborhood Development staff presented the draft PY2021-2022 Annual Action Plan to City Council on April 29, 2021, at 5:30 PM. Watch archived vide of the meeting at CTVKnox.org.

Mayor's Leadership Team Presentation March 18, 2021 [PDF]


* 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.


* Five Points Commercial Development
* Lonsdale Redevelopment
* Vestal Redevelopment


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.