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 City of Murfreesboro will hold a Public Hearing on April 25, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 6:30 pm. at Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, to receive public input regarding the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program. Copies of the Annual Action Plan (draft) will be available for review at the Linebaugh Library (West Vine Street), the Myrtle Glanton Lord Branch library at Patterson Park Community Center, the Community Development Department at McFadden Community Center (Room 136), for a 30-day public review and comment period, beginning Tuesday, April 16, 2019. See a copy of the the Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan here (posted April 15th, 2019). You can see more details concerning the hearing here (posted April 9th, 2019)

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, 2018, was submitted to HUD on September 28, 2018, and approved by HUD on November 18, 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 were 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.