City of Knoxville, Office of Neighborhoods

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Hannah Freeman


The Office of Neighborhoods — operating within the Community Development Department — works with established neighborhood groups and with new or emerging organizations to help strengthen and improve Knoxville’s neighborhoods.

The mission is to improve communication and foster accountability between and among neighborhoods and city departments; ensure timely and well-coordinated inter-departmental responses to neighborhood needs; and collaborate with neighborhoods to identify, understand and address issues of shared concern. They help neighborhoods engage in citizen-led improvement initiatives based on assets and needs identified by the residents in each neighborhood. The office also provides neighborhood groups with leadership training and other organizing tools to be more effective builders of livable communities.

City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods VISTA Assignment Description

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