Neighborhood Resources

Our community is offered a wide range of resources from consultation on historic home repairs to programs that increase homes energy efficiency. Please note this is not an exhaustive guide but a resource aiming to connect home owners and renters with helpful programs. If you would like to contribute to this neighborhood guide please email

City Emergency Home Repair (Program through Knoxville CAC)

  • The Emergency Home Repair program takes actions immediately necessary to safeguard against imminent danger to human life, health or safety, or to protect property from further structural damage.
  • Repairs available include, but are not limited to: New Roof, Porches, Window Repair, Sewer Repair, Flooring Repair, HVAC, Plumbing, Rewiring or other electrical work, and Handicap Modifications
  • Income Guidelines:
  • To apply, call 865-244-3080, (Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:45pm)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Program through Knoxville CAC)

  • LIHEAP provides energy bill assistance to eligible households up to 1x a year.
  • Income Guidelines:
  • Documents needed to apply:
  • To schedule an appointment, call Central Intake at (865) 637-6700

Green Thumb (Program through Knoxville CAC)

  • The Green Thumb Program provides free vegetable seeds and plants in the Spring to eligible gardeners in Knoxville.
  • Fill out an application with name, social security, and income (no proof required) at CAC Western Avenue.
  • Seeds are given away at various centers, including Beardsley farm, from April-June.

Commodities Distribution (Program through Knoxville CAC)

  • The commodity program distributes USDA surplus food to low-income families in Knox County.
  • Regular distributions are done in the neighborhood at the O’Conner center. For dates, please call 865-546-3500
  • Participants should bring identification (driver’s license or mail with correct address) to receive these food items.

Internet Essentials by Comcast

  • Internet for $9.95 a month with the option to purchase an internet-ready computer for less than $150
  • Eligibility: Any household that has at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Additionally, households may be eligible for Internet Essentials if they receive HUD housing assistance such as Public Housing, Section 8 Vouchers or Multifamily Assistance.
  • Apply here: