Department Responsibilities

Are you eligible to receive loans or grants to rehabilitate your home? Does you home contain lead-based paint hazards? Are you interested in becoming a homeowner, but aren't sure who to turn to for assistance? Shelby County Department of Housing can help you answer these questions.

Guided by a mission to respond to housing and community development needs of Shelby County, the Department of Housing strives to remove many obstacles that low and moderate-income residents may encounter. From the development of affordable housing to neighborhood parks, the Department of Housing is making Shelby County a better place to live.

Aging in Place – A Guide to Adapting Your Home for both Age and Disability

The attached guide was developed by the Plough Foundation and multiple partners which included the Shelby County Department of Housing as a guide for homeowners seeking to remain in their home as they age; and who might need to address modifications to their home to accommodate friends and family members who are visiting and/or living in the home who might require modified accommodations. Access the guide or access the Plough Foundation website.

National Disaster Resilience Competition Grant Award

As a result of successful applications under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the NDR Competition, Shelby County has been awarded a National Disaster Resilience Grant in the amount of $60,445,163. Complete information on Shelby County’s NDR applications and the successful projects can be found at www.resilientshelby.com To learn more about the NDR applications, the NDR award, NDR projects, and to view the Shelby County NDR Action Plan and monitor the progress of the grant award through Quarterly Performance Reports (QPRs), please click on the Resilient Shelby link above and click on the Documents tab on the website.


National Disaster Resilience Competition

A series of three storm systems in April 2011 caused significant damage in Shelby County. Due to the severity of the damages, Shelby County was identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as eligible to participate in the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a national competition for $1 billion for activities that advance resilience efforts. The draft application for Shelby County’s proposal to the NDRC has been posted for public comment through Friday, March 20. Click here for more information about the NDRC and to download the draft application. For more resources about disaster recovery and resilience efforts in Shelby County, please visit the Office of Preparedness and Ready Shelby


Shelby County Government’s Division of Planning and Development will hold Public Hearings to discuss the Shelby County National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) which will be submitted by Shelby County Government to the U.S. Department of HUD on or before October 27, 2015. The NDRC is a national competition open to states and communities that received funding through the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 4121 et seq.) in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Shelby County is eligible to compete in this National Competition as a result of Disaster Declarations FEMA-1979-DR, FEMA -1974 DR, and FEMA-1978-DR resulting from severe storms and flooding during the month of April 2011.

The purpose of these public hearings is to solicit direct input from all sectors of the Shelby County Community concerning the Phase 2 submission of the NDRC application. The meeting will utilize an interactive process designed to aide Shelby County in submitting a successful application under the NDRC that will result in the implementation of long-term disaster resilience activities that will allow Shelby County to quickly recover from future disasters impacting the community.

Meetings will be held across Shelby County at the following locations, dates and times:
  • October 1, 2015 Harvell Civic Center 8077 Wilkinsville Road Millington, TN 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • October 8, 2015 Golden Gate Cathedral 3240 James Road Memphis, TN 5:30 – 7:00 PM
  • October 12, 2015 Whitehaven Library 4120 Millbranch Road Memphis, TN 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Interested individuals can also find out more information about the NDRC competition and the Shelby County Phase 2 application by visiting the Resilient Shelby website.

The entire Phase 2 application will be available for public review and comment on the Shelby County Homepage website by clicking on the Disaster Recovery link October 1-16, 2015. Comments on the Phase 2 application draft during this timeframe should be submitted in writing to Mr. Scott Walkup, Planning Manager, at the Department of Housing, 1075 Mullins Station Road, Memphis, TN 38134, or via email.

If you plan to attend the public hearing and have special needs, please contact either of the following individuals or TTY at 901-222-2300 by 4:30 p.m. Friday September 25, 2015 and we will work to accommodate you:

John Zeanah, Administrator, Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability, (901) 576-7167 or via email

Jim Vazquez, Administrator, Shelby County Department of Housing, (901) 222-7602 or via email

Citizen input and public participation is strongly encouraged from all sectors of the Shelby County community. Shelby County 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.

Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. Mayor

Jim Vazquez, Administrator
Shelby County Department of Housing

Programs & Services

View an overview of our programs and services to learn more about what the Department of Housing can do for you.

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

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