Community Development

We are 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.

Community Development Consolidated and Action Plan 

2023 Annual Action Plan DRAFT (PDF)
2023 Annual Action Plan Public Notice (PDF)
2020 Action Plan Substantial Amendment (PDF)

The City of Murfreesboro will hold a Public Review Meeting to solicit comments on the Proposed Substantial Amendment of the 2020 Annual Action Plan at 5:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 28, 2023  at Patterson Park Community Center located at 521 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 

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).

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. 

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

Information for Contractors

The Community Development Department seeks contractors for city-sponsored housing rehabilitation programs. 

Projects include housing rehabilitation, reconstruction (new home construction), emergency repairs, and tree removal. Bidders for housing rehab and reconstruction projects must hold a current Tennessee General Contractor license. 

Contractors wishing to work on houses constructed before 1978 must also have lead-based paint certifications from the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Eligible repairs for the Emergency Repair Program include electrical, plumbing, HVAC and roofing. Vendors for emergency repair and tree removal projects are not required to have a General Contractor license, but must hold any license(s) applicable to their specific trade. All licenses must be current. 

Housing Rehabilitation Program contractors are required to provide Workers Compensation coverage and carry Public Liability and Property Damage insurance. The City of Murfreesboro encourages minority- and female-owned firms to bid on its projects. 

For more information about the contractor’s role in the Housing Rehabilitation Program, please refer to the Policies and Procedures Manual, particularly Section 9. 

To be added to the applicable contractor list, contact the Community Development Department by phone (615-890-4660) or email.