City seeks public input for ARPA spending


Officials from the City of Knoxville say they want the public’s help figuring out how to spend approximately $4 million in federal funds meant to help the community’s most vulnerable members. 

Earlier this year, Knoxville was awarded a one-time allocation of $4.076 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help reduce homelessness and increase housing stability, according to a press release from City spokesperson Paige Travis.

“Eligible individuals include those experiencing homelessness, those who are at risk of homelessness, those fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence, and other populations deemed most vulnerable,” the release said.

A public hearing will be held via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.

City official plan discuss the range of eligible program activities that meet grant specifications and review priority goals and objectives from the City’s 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan. 

They will also share data and feedback from consultation meetings with social service agencies and affordable housing providers and describe the process/timeline for developing the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan.

They will also be available to answer questions and receive comments.

To participate, use the Zoom link posted at

 A draft of the proposed HOME Investment Partnerships – American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) Allocation Plan is attached and available for review at To submit comments or questions before the deadline of Sept. 20, please contact Bennett Meeks at or P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901.

Published on Sept. 12, 2022.