Knoxville Celebrates 50 Years of Community Development Block Grants

The City of Knoxville is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal CDBG program.

The City of Knoxville Housing and Neighborhood Development Department is joining communities across the country in celebrating National Community Development Week and the 50th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program from April 1-5, 2024.

On April 3, department staff members, including Housing and Neighborhood Development Director Kevin DuBose, will volunteer to help build an accessible ramp with Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s Operation Backyard program. This program provides services to local homeowners to ensure they can access their homes safely regardless of their mobility needs.

Since the City became a recipient of CDBG funds in 1989, it has used those dollars to provide emergency and minor home repairs, including accessibility modifications. From 2002-2022, 4,268 households have received free critical home repairs, largely benefiting seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Residents can review the 2024 Draft Annual Action Plan and provide feedback online, via email, and in person at a public meeting on April 23 at 5:30 pm at the Public Works Service Center (3131 Morris Avenue). City staff will present the plan, which governs funding for affordable housing and non-housing community development activities starting July 1, 2024.

The City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Office administers various initiatives and supports activities that aid Knoxville’s low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. These programs improve housing opportunities, help return abandoned, vacant, and deteriorated properties to useful purposes, assist organizations serving Knoxville’s homeless population, provide workforce development, and jumpstart economic development for low- to moderate-income areas along primary commercial corridors.

Residents interested in learning more about CDBG or other programs offered by the Housing and Neighborhood Development Office may contact the office at 865-215-2120 or visit

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