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Community Development Department

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Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that the City has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for Durham residents.
 
The Department of Community Development is responsible for coordinating the City’s community development and neighborhood stabilization and revitalization efforts including financial empowerment and home retention, affordable housing, and homelessness services programs. The City implements these services by working with developers and community housing development organizations.
 
Applications for Funding - FY 2015-2016
On December 17,2014, the City of Durham released applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs, and City of Durham General Funds for the FY 2015-2016 period.
 
All applications must be submitted by 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015.
 
 
Discover Durham's New Destination ... Southside - A Neighborhood Brimming With Opportunities
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The City of Durham, Department of Community Development is offering down payment assistance to qualified buyers who are interested in purchasing a home in this new beautiful neighborhood.
There are multiple programs available to help you purchase your new home in Southside:

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is offering 15 percent of the sales price as a deferred mortgage at 0 percent interest when you use an approved lender.

The City of Durham is offering up to $20,000 as an amortizing mortgage at 2 percent for 30 years and up to $20,000 as a forgivable mortgage at 0 percent interest for 30 years.

Call (919) 560-4570, ext. 22244 today to apply.
 
Would you like to buy a home but think you can't? Contact our housing counselor to go over the details and get help with your purchase. Call (919) 560-4570, ext. 22244.
 
 
Latest News and Information
 
 CASA - Denson Apartments - Ribbon Cutting
The first phase of the Denson Apartments, a Durham Department of Community Development project to help house low-income veterans has been completed in participation with Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes (CASA), and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. A dedication ceremony was recently held at the Denson Apartments for Veterans in Durham. CASA is a non-profit dedicated to providing affordable housing, and has 65 units for veterans in the Triangle area.

More than $1.3 million in combined funding was pledged from the City of Durham, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, and the Home Depot Foundation. An addition $27,000 was donated by individuals, churches and garden clubs in the Durham community in order to complete the first phase.

The 11 new units will provide safe and affordable homes for local veterans. The apartments are named after Alex Denson, a retired federal judge and the first board chair of CASA. The Department of Community Development is supporting the construction of 12 more veteran housing units under Phase II at the same site, which is expected to start soon.
 



 

 

 

  

 
 
Rental Opportunities
The Lofts at Southside - The temporary leasing office is located at 343 Chestnut St., Durham, NC 27701. Individuals interested should enter from Lakewood Avenue onto Memphis Street. For information, call (919) 973-2183.

Homeownership Opportunities
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Director
Reginald J. Johnson

Mailing Address
807 E. Main St.
Bldg. 2, Ste. 200

Phone
(919) 560-4570

Fax
(919) 560-4090

Email