Department Overview

The Shelby County Housing Department (SCDH) is part of the Division of Planning and Development, which is a joint division that serves both the City of Memphis and Shelby County government in Tennessee. The mission of SCDH includes responding to housing and community development needs of Shelby County, including the urban county outside the City of Memphis, to remove obstacles that low- and moderate-income residents may encounter across our community.

SCDH is the recipient of federal funds granted to Shelby County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs. Activities associated with the use of these funds are designated for the Shelby County Urban Entitlement Area which include the municipalities of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington as well as unincorporated areas of Shelby County. 

SCDH has been a CDBG Urban Entitlement grantee since 1992 and a HOME participating jurisdiction since 1994. Since that time, SCDH has sought to expand its partnership base in order to utilize existing resources more efficiently and create greater impact for each HUD dollar spent in Shelby County. Since becoming a grantee, SCDH has inspected housing units for code deficiencies and lead hazards, rehabilitated homes to local code standards, made housing units lead safe, and completed various public facility and infrastructure improvements. In an effort to expand housing choice and enhance housing affordability, SCDH has leveraged resources to build a homebuyer revolving loan fund that provides financial assistance to low-to-moderate income individuals in covering a portion of the down payment and closing costs associated with purchasing a home. Funds may be used to purchase an existing home or a newly constructed home anywhere within the boundaries of Shelby County as long as the purchase price does not exceed $200,160. Up to $3,500 is available as a 5 percent loan and repayment terms can extend up to 10 years. This program is locally known as the Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA).

Para mas información en Español, por favor llame al (901) 222-2088

To access information for the hearing or speech impaired call (901) 222-2301.

Notice of Public Hearings

Shelby County Department of Housing will hold a public hearing to discuss Shelby County housing, community development, and public service needs in preparation of the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Action Plan (HUD Program Year 2020) at the following date, time and location:  

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Shelby County Code Enforcement, Training Room, 6465 Mullins Station Road Memphis, TN 38134. Attendees should enter the Code Enforcement Building through the Training Room entrance; upon walking up to the building, attendees will need to follow the signage that leads to the Training Room.

If you plan to attend the public hearing and have special needs, please contact the Department of Housing at (901) 222-7600 by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 and we will work to accommodate you. Citizen input and public participation is strongly encouraged.  

The FY 2021 Annual Action Plan establishes the basis for the use of entitlement funds for the period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.  The primary purpose of this hearing is to receive comments on community development needs for the FY 2021 Annual Action Plan which is the entitlement grant application to HUD for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Grant.  Shelby County anticipates receiving $1,189,423 in CDBG and $377,362 in HOME funds in Program Year 2020. Shelby County expects to submit the Annual Plan to HUD on or before May 15, 2020 following a 30 day review and comment period.

The hearing will also provide an update on current activities under the CDBG and HOME Programs, information on Section 3 contracting opportunities; and will provide information on other programs operated by the Department of Housing. 

Persons wishing to comment on the above subject but who are unable to attend the meeting may do so by writing to Ms. Sydney Wright (Sydney.wright@shelbycountytn.gov), Shelby County Department of Housing, 1075 Mullins Station Road, Memphis, TN 38134. Shelby County will schedule an additional public hearing in April 2020 to present the proposed Annual Action Plan for FY 2021 for public comment before it is submitted to HUD.  For additional information contact the Department of Housing at 901-222-7600 or TTY at 901-222-2300.

The Shelby County Department of Housing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.  Equal opportunity/equal access provider. 

Para mas información en Español, por favor llame al 901-222-4289.

Lee Harris

Scott Walkup, Administrator
Shelby County Department of Housing

Notice to Contractors

Mandatory Contractor Meeting to Discuss Policies and Program Changes- January 2020  

Procurement Policy Change in Relation to 2 CFR 200.319- August 2018