The Knox Housing Assistance Program is open to income-qualified city and county renters where one or more individuals in the home have experienced one of the following adverse financial impacts due directly, or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Applications will be accepted from either the tenant or the tenant’s landlord. Regardless of who initiates the application, both the tenant and landlord must agree to participate in the program.
Rent and utility assistance are both available through the program. As a tenant you may apply for rent and utility assistance within the same application or you may apply for either type of assistance individually. As a landlord, you may apply on behalf of your tenant, for rent arrearages and late fees owed for their unit.
Renter households are eligible to receive assistance for up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance. Households at highest risk of experiencing housing instability, may be eligible for future rent payments based on the availability of funding.
Applications will be accepted until all funds have been reserved. Households at or below 50% of the adjusted median income for Knox County or those where one or more household members have been unemployed for the 90 days prior to the date of their application will receive priority funding.
The application is available online and is both mobile and desktop friendly. If you do not have access to a smartphone or computer, you may visit any branch of the Knox County Library system to access the computer equipment needed to apply. Coming soon – the library is adding additional equipment and training personnel to assist patrons who need help with completing their applications.
If you need additional help, call 211 or 215-4211.
The City of Knoxville, Knox County, and local nonprofit agencies are working together to standup the Knox Housing Assistance Program. Additional housing stability services will be added to the program soon.