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Applications & Guidelines


CDBG Housing RFP

The City of Chattanooga’s Housing and Community Investment (HCI) is seeking non-profit partners to assist in increasing the supply of decent and affordable housing for City residents through production and preservation activities and access to homeownership through down payment assistance programs. HCI desires responses from partners that offer creative ways of improving the affordable housing stock in the City of Chattanooga and increasing access and homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income household.

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are being made available to eligible entities to partner with the City in addressing priorities for affordable housing that include new construction or rehabilitation/reconstruction of existing single and multifamily rental and homeowner housing, and improved accesses to homeownership. Housing can be for the general low- and moderate-income population or special needs populations (homeless, seniors, formerly incarcerated individuals, veterans, disabled, etc.). Applications for funds should be limited only by imagination, project feasibility, and a demonstrated need for the proposed project in a given area.

CDBG Housing RFP

CDBG Housing RFP Guidelines



2024-2025 CDBG Application

2024-2025 CDBG Application Instructions

2024-2025 CDBG Application

2024-2025 Allocation Workshop Presentation


Community Development Block Grant COVID Funds  

CDBG-CV Application Instructions

CDBG-CV Application


Housing Programs (Accepting Applications on a Continuous Basis) 

A comprehensive list of programs for the preservation and production of affordable housing can be found below.

Summary of Programs


Required Forms and Applications for ALL Housing Projects (except Rapid Rental Repair and Landlord Renovation Program; see program descriptions below)

Intent to Apply Form

Uniform Relocation Act Information

URA Voluntary Acquisition Notice

Section 3 Business Concern Certification

Section 3 Resident Certification


Chattanooga Affordable Housing Fund (CAHF)

The Chattanooga Affordable Housing Fund leverages Federal, State, and private dollars for the preservation and production of affordable housing for target households earning up to 80% of area median income (AMI) for rental and 120% AMI for homeownership. The application process is ongoing, and projects are presented to the Health, Educational, and Housing Facilities Board (HEB) for consideration.

Overview and Guidelines

Application for CAHF


HOME Affordable Rental and Homeowner Housing 

Through this program, the Housing and Community Investment Division seeks partners in the preservation and production of affordable rental and owner-occupied housing units in the city.

The City accepts applications from qualified non-profit and for-profit developers to produce and/or preserve affordable housing using HOME funds.

Available funds are estimated to range from $650,000 to $5 million. The level of available funds remains fluid as sources may include current-year federal allocations and funds being reallocated from stalled projects.

The City funds will only be provided as gap financing that is not otherwise available from other sources. The maximum assistance provided to a project will be based on minimum HOME funds needed to assist with the demonstrated funding gap and the City balance of funding available to commit.

Applications for funding will be accepted on a rolling basis, and funds are awarded on a first come first served basis until all grant funds are allocated.

Prior to completing a full application, to preliminarily determine whether a proposed project is eligible, interested applicants can start by completing and submitting an Intent to Apply.

For questions, please contact the Housing and Community Investment Division at  

HOME Policies and Procedures

Overview and Guidelines 

Application for HOME funds

HOME Multifamily Underwriting Template

2024 HOME Rent and Income Limits

Rehab/Development Cost & Specifications

Chattanooga Underwriting and Subsidy Layering Guidelines

HOME Project Scoring Sheet


Landlord Renovation Program - Vacant Units Only

This program is for landlords with vacant, substandard rental units they would like to renovate. Landlords can receive a grant to cover 50% of renovation costs, up to $25,000. The actual amount depends upon the cost of renovation. For questions, please contact Joshua Huffman at

Landlord Renovation Program Guide and Application

2024 CDBG Rent and Income Limits


Rapid Rental Repair Program - Vacant Units Only

The Housing and Community Investment Division has a new program called Rapid Rental Repair, which assists landlords with rental unit turnover repairs. The maximum grant amount is $4,900 per unit. There is a 5-unit maximum. Typical expenses eligible for reimbursement include the replacement of appliances such as stoves and refrigerators, patching of cracks and holes, repairing doors/windows, etc. Email a completed application with the required attachments to

For questions, please contact Joshua Huffman at 

Rapid Rental Repair Program One Page Description

Rapid Rental Repair Complete Description

Rapid Rental Repair Program Application


Residential Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program

The Residential PILOT Program is a financial incentive, which is designed to encourage multi-family rental development by freezing property taxes at the predevelopment level for a predetermined period of time.

PILOT Application and Guidelines

PILOT Evaluation and Scoring Sheet

PILOT Information Sheet

Annual PILOT Report 


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