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Community Development and Inner City REZ


Community Development

The Community Development Department implements or assists the City in administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which funds several programs to ensure that low-to-moderate income families, persons, and areas receive benefits and opportunities that could not otherwise be made available.

Housing Programs for Residents

Application: Hopkinsville Home Improvement Program
Application: Hopkinsville Affordable Homeownership Program
Income Limits
(use the Clarksville, TN-KY Metro FMR Area)

Inner City Residential Enterprise Zone (Inner City REZ)

The City of Hopkinsville’s Inner-City Residential Enterprise Zone is an initiative being undertaken by Hopkinsville City Council in an effort to revitalize and rehabilitate four (4) targeted inner-city residential neighborhoods and the downtown business district. This initiative, commonly referred to as the Inner-City REZ, is being funded through a City appropriation of $500,000 per year over a five (5) year period.

To date, the following legislation has been adopted by Hopkinsville City Council as a result of the Inner-City REZ Program: Neighborhood Networks Ordinance, Abandoned Urban Properties Ordinance, Basic Property Maintenance Code, and Downtown 50/50 Matching Grant Program. The Neighborhood Networks Ordinance provides parameters by which neighborhood groups can seek funding for programs and projects within their neighborhoods. The Abandoned Urban Properties Ordinance allows the City to tax “abandoned” properties at $1.50 per $100 assessed value in an effort to encourage property owners to make improvements to their properties. The Basic Property Maintenance Code serves as a tool for providing tenants with relief regarding sub-standard housing while also serving as a tool for requiring all properties to be maintained to a minimum standard. The Downtown 50/50 Matching Grant Program provides a reimbursement of up to $10,000 for the acquisition and restoration of properties along the main corridors in the downtown area.

The Hopkinsville and Christian County Landbank Authority, Inc. has been established to acquire and dispose of tax-delinquent properties within the Inner-City REZ area. It is their goal to return vacant properties within the inner-city to a useful state through providing housing, economic development, or recreational spaces.