April is National Fair Housing Month!
On April 11,1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Title VIII of that law is known as the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act, as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability and family status.
Knox County Community Development always enjoys celebrating Fair Housing Month. This year, we will feature stories recognizing our community partners in housing, talking about all the good work they do providing a safe, affordable place to live for so many Knox County families.
Our first story will appear here on Wednesday, April 8th, with a new story to follow each week. We will also be sharing occasional updates with insight and information about Fair Housing throughout the month of April.
Draft Knox County FY2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY2020 Annual Action Plan
Public Comment Period – March 26, 2020 – April 24, 2020
Please find below a link to Knox County’s proposed 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, including the draft FY 2020 Annual Action Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Plan and Citizen Participation Plan. As a HUD entitlement community, Knox County is required to prepare a Five-Year Consolidated Plan inorder to implement federal programs supporting housing, community development and economic development using Community Development Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnership funds. If you have any comments on the draft Consolidated Plan, draft Annual Action Plan, draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing and draft Citizen Participation Plan we encourage you to email CDfeedback@knoxcounty.org or mail them to Knox County Community Development, 400 Main Street, Suite 630, Knoxville, TN 37902, no later than April 24, 2020.
The Knox County Community Development Department (KCCD) is dedicated to serving our local community by providing funding and assistance to organizations and agencies that have vital missions that serve individuals or families with varied needs. We are tasked with responsibilities that include management and oversight of federal funds as well as other assets defined by additional government bodies.
Our department oversight includes intensive work and staffing related primarily to 2 federal programs. The U.S Department of Homeland Security Grant Program is focused on insuring our community is prepared for a disaster response by better equipping and training our first responder agencies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban (HUD) Development Grant programs are focused upon assisting low-to-moderate (LMI) individuals within our community to obtain vital services or housing to meet the basic necessities of life. Both federal programs ultimately make our community a better place to live and provide a very worthwhile sense of purpose and service for our staff.
Knox County Community Development is comprised of highly qualified and experienced employees that are dedicated to serving our community and serving our community well.
For more information, please call 215-3980 to contact our Knox County Community Development staff.