Aug 15 2019
10:16 am

The City of Knoxville's Community Development Department is holding six public meetings in August and September to seek public input on "prioritizing the community’s need for affordable housing and services for homeless people, veterans, single mothers and other groups." There is also an online survey.

More info in the City press release after the break...

Community Development seeks public input on five-year plan via survey, public meetings

What: First of six public meetings to receive input for the Community Development Department’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan

When: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Where: Burlington Branch of the Knox County Public Library, 4614 Asheville Highway

Who: Community Development Director Becky Wade, Community Development Administrator Linda Rust, Community Development staff, advocates for affordable housing, homelessness services and other programs and services that support low- to moderate-income households

Knoxville residents are invited to attend one of six public meetings scheduled in August and September to assist the City’s Community Development Department in prioritizing the community’s need for affordable housing and services for homeless people, veterans, single mothers and other groups.

“Feedback from residents, community partners and social service providers ensures that we’re responding to local needs and setting priorities for both the short term and the future,” said Community Development Director Becky Wade.

Cities that receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required to submit Consolidated Plans (Knoxville submits every five years) as well as annual action plans to respond to more immediate community needs. Both strategic plans illustrate how the City proposes to use federal funds to address local housing and community development issues. Both depend on public input.

At these meetings, attendees will be able to ask questions and take the Community Needs survey during a presentation moderated by City staff members.

The survey is also online at (link...). Survey questions are informed by HUD and its national priorities. Responses are anonymous and will be reported in group form only.

Additional meeting dates and locations:

6 - 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20

Inskip-Norwood Recreation Center

(301 W. Inskip Drive)

6 - 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22

Deane Hill Recreation Center

(7400 Deane Hill Drive NW)

5:30 - 7 p.m. Aug. 26

South Knoxville Community Center
(522 Maryville Pike)

5:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25

O’Connor Senior Center

(611 Winona St.)

10:30 a.m. – noon Thursday, Sept. 26

O’Connor Senior Center

(611 Winona St.)

Public meetings are posted at and on the City’s Facebook page at

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend one of the meetings listed above should contact Stephanie Cook at or 865-215-2034 at least 10 days in advance. For an English interpreter, contact the Title VI coordinator Tatia Harris at 865-215-2831.

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

- July - September 2019: Gather information

- October - November 2019: Analyze and organize responses

- January 2020: Hold public meetings to report findings

- March - April 2020: Create and release draft Five-Year Plan for public comment

- May 2020: Submit plan to HUD


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