Community Development

The Community Development Department is dedicated to serving the residents of the City of Murfreesboro. Our efforts are focused on benefiting those of low- and moderate-income by partnering with local, federal, and state agencies to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and ensuring economic opportunities.

Funding


Funding for the activities carried out by this department is from the U.S. Department of Housing and the Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The planning process for the program year beginning July 1, 2018, is underway. The Community Development Department conducted a Public Hearing on on March 8, 2018, to discuss the public's priorities for the next program year, The Department conducted a public hearing on its proposed Annual Action Plan on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Patterson Park Community Center. You can see more details concerning the hearing here.

The City Council approved the 2018-19 Annual Action Plan on May 17, 2018. The end-of-the-year report (CAPER) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, was submitted to HUD on September 29, 2017, and approved by HUD on November 14, 2017.

The draft Third-Year CAPER is available for review and written comments will be accepted through September 28, 2018.

Housing Programs


The Department offers housing programs that assist low- and moderate-income households. The Affordable Housing Program assists first-time home buyers with down payment and closing costs. The Housing Rehabilitation Program helps income-eligible homeowners correct substandard conditions in their home.

The department promotes fair housing within the city and offers assistance with any concern regarding rights under the fair housing laws. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are also used for eligible public works projects and for public service grants to nonprofit agencies which provide services for income-eligible residents. For more information, see the city’s Action Plan or its end of the year report (CAPER).

Citizen Engagement


In a continuing effort to meet the needs of Murfreesboro residents, we encourage citizen participation in the planning process for community development activities. The department conducts public hearings at least twice each year. Hearings are publicized in local newspapers, on City Channel 3, and on the City website. The public is invited to public hearings and offer input on the proposed annual plan. The first of two hearings in 2018 was held March 8, 2018. The second hearing was April 12, 2018. Both hearings will be conducted at Patterson Park Community Center.

You are invited to call the City of Murfreesboro Community Development Department at 615-890-4660, and get involved with your community.