Knoxville Area Urban League


Join us on Friday, October 19, 2018 for the 50th Anniversary Equal Opportunity Awards Gala

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to making Shoes for School a successful event! Can’t wait to see you next year!


Shoes for School is an annual back-to-school event that provides new shoes and school supplies for more than 1,200 area children. Each spring, we work with other non-profit agencies to help us identify and register children age 5-12 who most need the help. Purchasing shoes and school supplies for over 1,200 children is a big undertaking, but seeing the delight on the kids’ faces and knowing that providing these basic necessities helps them feel more comfortable and confident with their peers makes it all worthwhile.

Check out some of our favorite moments from the 2017 Equal Opportunity Awards Gala

  • 2017 EOD Gala
    2017 EOD Gala
  • 2017 EOD Gala Award Recipient
    2017 EOD Gala Award Recipient
    Volunteer of the Year - Dr. Joe Kendrick
  • 2017 EOD Gala Award Recipient
    2017 EOD Gala Award Recipient
    Minority Business Award - B&B Lawn Services, Inc.
  • 2017 EOD Gala Award Recipient
    2017 EOD Gala Award Recipient
    Corporate Leadership Award - Knoxville Utilities Board

We've Moved!

We have RELOCATED our offices due to the BIG renovation. We are still working with clients and providing ALL services at our temporary location.  

Knoxville Community Development Corporation – 901 N. Broadway, Knoxville   37917

Business hours are 8:30 am – 4:00 pm  Mon through Fri

Call for appointments or information at 865-524-5511.

Find out more about what we do!

Take a quick glance at the Urban League:

What We Do:

Workforce Development:
workforce orientation 1 (2)Worked to provide a skilled and diverse workforce. We provided job counseling to over 325 clients with a 62%increase in employability through workshops, individual and lab instruction, and 81% of clients assisted with developing job search tools and online applications. Access to over 1,200 job postings from over 650 employers with client placement equating to an economic impact of almost $2 million.

Housing Development: firsttime homebuyers1 
Strived to increase homeownership. Over 80 clients completed our First Time Homebuyers seminars with67% purchasing property. Over 100 clients received financial literacy counseling to manage budgets and credit. Financial impact of over $7 million through new home purchases and avoidance of foreclosure.


Economic & Business Development: Invested and supported economic and small business development. In 2014, we deployed over $2 million in capital to start and/or expand business. We increased our loan portfolio by $1 million to $3.43 million.



CJSAVON by _SJ_7301.CR2Education & Youth: 

Enhanced education efforts for our youth.Our flagship program, National Achievers Society provides college tours, behind the scenes tours, life skills, and character building.Thank you for your support. Together, we can make a difference!


2 New Housing Programs Available to Assist You!

Principal Reduction Recast Program with Lien Extinguishment (PRRPLE):

This program is for qualifying homeowners who are facing financial hardship, through no fault of their own, which resulted in a loss of income due to the death of a spouse, divorce or underemployment.

The goal of the program is to reduce delinquencies and foreclosures by lowering mortgage payments to affordable levels for homeowners who have encountered a financial burden due to an eligible hardship, including but not limited to homeowners who are living on social security, long-term disability or other fixed income source.

The application portal will open on March 1, 2017. For more information please visit

HHF Down Payment Assistance –

THDA recently announced the HHF Down Payment Assistance Program for home buyers in the following zip codes: 37912, 37914, 37917, 37921, and 37924.

How it works: If you qualify for a Great Choice Home Loan, you can apply for a $15,000 to assist with down payments and closing costs. If you are approved, the $15,000 comes in a forgivable second mortgage with 0% interest and no monthly payments for the 10 year term. For more information click here.

How we can help: As you are applying for your home, we offer a First-Time Home Buyers Workshop (Home Ownership Workshop) which will assist you in meeting all requirements for the FHA and THDA loans. We can also assist you in filling out the HHF Down Payment Assistance Application.

Check out our 2016 Annual Report!

The Knoxville Area Urban League is authorized for operation as a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the Knoxville Area Urban League, please visit


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