City seeks public input for ARPA spending

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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 www.knoxvilletn.gov/development

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

Published on Sept. 12, 2022.