~ from the Office of Neighborhoods


A second public meeting to receive public comments on the Community Development Annual Action Plan will be held on Apr. 29, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., at the O’Connor Center, 611 Winona Street.


The draft Annual Action Plan is now available for public review and comment. The draft includes an estimation of funding amounts and sources for proposed programs and activities beginning July 1, 2019.


A thirty-day public comment period on the draft plan began Apr. 5 and runs through May 6, 2019. Comments may be shared with Linda Rust at lrust@knoxvilletn.gov, by mail to Linda Rust, City of Knoxville Community Development Department, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN  37901, or by fax to 865-215-2962.


The O’Connor Center is 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.


To understand more, 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 Five, running from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.


The first of two public meetings to discuss the Annual Action Plan was held on January 31, 2019. 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 2019-2020.


That presentation can be found here. 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.