Housing and Energy

CAC Housing and Energy strengthens neighborhoods by using energy efficient and cost-saving measures to repair existing housing and improve the quality of life for low to moderate income residents of Knoxville and Knox County.
Services Include:

Applicants must meet income and other eligibility requirements for all of these services.

We are located in the lower level of the Ross Building

2247 Western Avenue

(865)244-3080 Office
(865)544-1647 Fax

Lead Abatement

THE KNOXVILLE LEAD-SAFE and HEALTHY HOMES PROGRAM

The Knoxville Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Program is designed to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned rental and owner-occupied housing.

 

To qualify:
  • The unit must be located within the City of Knoxville.
  • The unit must have been built prior to 1978.
  • Owner-Occupied units must have one of the following:
    • a child under the age of 6 who resides in the unit, or
    • a child under the age of 6 who spends a “significant amount of time” in the unit, or
    • a pregnant woman who resides in the unit
  • Rental units do not require a qualifying child occupant at the time of assistance.
  • Rental units do require landlord permission.
  • Vacant Rental units are eligible for assistance as well.
  • Total household income must be below 80% of Area Median Income.

For additional information about the program, call (865) 244-3080 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:45 PM

training house

Training House

The Knox County Community Action Committee Training House is designed to train participants in the newest weatherization, lead safety, and home repair techniques. It’s unique design allows one to see the different types of construction and to model a variety of training scenarios.

For additional information about scheduling the training house,
call (865) 244-3080 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:45 PM.

Knox County Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

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Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Home Rehabilitation is available for eligible Knox County, City of Knoxville, and City of Morristown home owners to bring their primary residence into compliance with local codes and provide safe, decent housing for lower income individuals and families.

This program is not intended to be used for homeowners who intend to sell their property upon completion of repairs.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • The applicant agrees to fulfill all program terms and conditions.
  • The household income must be at or below current 80% of area median income.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • Must own the home and it must be your primary residence.
  • Single Family Site Built or Manufactured (Mobile) Homes.
  • Condos and duplexes are acceptable as long as the repairs are not common interest of attached residences.
Family SizeAnnual *
1$40,900
2$46,750
3$52,600
4$58,400
5$63,100
6$67,500
7$72,400
8$77,100

“Annual” is listed as 80% of your household’s annual income. For additional household members, contact CAC Housing & Energy Services.

There are two components: Emergency Home Repair and Minor Home Repair.
Emergency Home Repair

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Minor Home Repair

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To obtain an application, you will need to call us to set up an in-office appointment.

Information you will need when applying:

  • Completed, eligible program application.
  • Provide proof of household income.
  • Provide proof of ownership.
  • Provide flood insurance if applicable.

Septic Repair Program

Across Knox county approximately 150-200 septic system failures are inspected per year by the Knox County Health Department. Of these, approximately 15-20 are owned by households that are unable to pay for the repairs due to financial hardships.  

CAC Housing and Energy Services Department, in partnership with the Knox County Health Department, is providing support for the Septic Repair Program.  CAC Housing and Energy will provide administrative support in the form of receiving, reviewing, and approving documentation relating to eligibility verification.  Additionally, CAC will identify and refer applicants who are already participating in one of the many programs that serve eligible households.

Please contact the Knox County Health Department at (865) 215-5000 to see if you are eligible to apply.

Water Savings Program

The Water Savings Program (WSP) is in partnership with the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB). WSP improves the quality of life for residents by increasing the water and energy efficiency. Participants receive an in-home assessment to determine needs.

WSP services may include:

  • toilet installation,
  • low flow shower head,
  • faucet aerators, faucet/spigot replacement,
  • point repair for water leaks as indicated by excessive high-water consumption,
  • LED light bulbs,
  • weather stripping,
  • and other similar utility conservation products.

Application Process:

CAC Housing & Energy prefers a face-to-face interview with applicants, which allows an assessment of the household’s needs, an overview of potential services that can be provided through WSP, and referrals to other entities for needed services not offered within WSP.

To make an appointment, please call: (865) 244-3080

CAC is accessible per Americans with Disability Act requirements. To this end, CAC has a contract with the Language Line at 1-866-874-3972. Staff will use these services as needed, if an applicant has a speech impairment, has a hearing impairment, or is non-English speaking and does not have an interpreter with them. 

Weatherization

Weatherization

CAC’s Weatherization Program aims to reduce the energy costs of low-income families.

Weatherization specifically focuses on assisting with the weatherization of the homes of low-income elderly and disabled adults and families with children. Activities include: energy efficiency audit, insulation, storm windows, caulking, and other related activities to reduce home energy costs and increase home energy efficiency.

How Does Weatherization Work?

CAC Weatherization’s professionally trained crews evaluate single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, and mobile homes. CAC Weatherization determines which energy efficiency measures are appropriate, emphasizing the most cost-effective measures and those which are essential for the health and safety of the occupants. CAC Weatherization performs energy efficient retrofits through the utilization of Department of Energy and privately leveraged funds.

 

What Are the Benefits of Weatherization?

  • Reduces energy costs for families.
  • Creates greater flexibility in household spending choices
  • Provides education in energy-efficient practices.
  • Addresses safety concerns.
  • Improves health outcomes.

    What are 5 things we can all do to weatherize?

    1. Turn down your HVAC by a few degrees.
    2. Use insulating curtains.
    3. Shut doors when not in a room.
    4. Move furniture off vents.
    5. Change air duct filters regularly.

    Eligibility

    • The unit must be located in Knoxville, Knox County, Roane County, Loudon County, Blount County and/or KUB customer
    • Household income must meet income requirements
    • Owner occupied or rental occupied unit. A rental application does require landlord permission. Single family or multi-family unit

    For additional information about the program, call 865-244-3080 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:45 PM

      To Apply

      Please call 865-244-3080 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:45 PM

      This program is funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency (THDA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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