We affirm that shelter is a basic human necessity and we are dedicated to provide decent housing opportunities
to those in need in the Greater Kingsport Area. We believe that blighted areas undermine the vibrancy of our community
and therefore we are committed to acting as a catalyst for successful redevelopment efforts in the community.
Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) was created in 1939 by the citizens of the City of Kingsport. The charge given to KHRA was to develop affordable housing for Kingsport’s lowest-income and most vulnerable citizens. KHRA remains dedicated to fulfilling that mission. KHRA seeks to fulfill its mission through a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of low-income persons in Kingsport.
KHRA owns and operates 529 units of traditional public housing, divided between six developments within the City of Kingsport; Robert E. Lee Apartments, Frank L. Cloud Apartments, Dogwood Terrace, Holly Hills Apartments , Tiffany Court and Riverview Place. KHRA also runs a Housing Choice Voucher Program with a baseline of 1242 units. The HCV program operates in the City of Kingsport and Sullivan, Hawkins, Washington, Unicoi, Greene and Johnson Counties. Additionally, KHRA acts as the property manager for Holston Terrace, a 48 unit development providing housing for low-income elderly and disabled persons in Kingsport.
In addition to the traditional Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs, KHRA has sought to pursue a variety of funding opportunities to provide housing in North East Tennessee. In 2003, KHRA was awarded its first Shelter Plus Care grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care process. That first grant was to provide housing for only a few chronically homeless individuals and families. Since then KHRA Supportive Housing Program has grown to include five grants providing housing for 110 chronically homeless families and individuals in Northeast Tennessee.
In 2006 KHRA was awarded a Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant provided housing assistance for 52 low-income individuals with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the eight Northeast counties of Tennessee. In 2009, KHRA’s grant was renewed meaning that this grant will continue to serve people in our area through at least 2014. For more information on this program contact (423) 392-2571 or (423) 384-5873.
In 2006, KHRA received an $11.9 million U.S. Department of HUD HOPE VI Revitalization Grant. The project was to transform Riverview Apartments, an aging ninety-two (92) unit development into a vibrant, mixed-income, mixed-tenure affordable housing development and to revitalize the surrounding community. The proposal included the demolition of the original 92 units and the rebuilding of 116 units, including: 54 off-site units of elderly/disabled housing, 24 off-site single family homes in the historic Sherwood/Hiwassee neighborhood of Kingsport, and 38 energy-efficient public housing units on the original site of Riverview.
KHRA is committed to improving the lives of low income individuals and families. Since 1998, KHRA has been operating a Family Self Sufficiency program (FSS), aimed at helping residents of public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher program move towards self-sufficiency through job skills training, employment readiness, and budget counseling. FSS participants are seeking to move off of government assistance and become completely self-sufficient over the 5 year course of the program. The ultimate goal of many FSS participants is to become a homeowner. To date more than 40 former residents of public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher program have been able to purchase a home through KHRA’s homeownership program.
If you have any questions or comments regarding KHRA in general, please email Leigha Williams at email@example.com or contact her by phone at 423-392-2513.