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Community Development Department

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.
Continuum of Care - 2015 Grant Program
The department has released the pre-application for the 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Grants Competition and the required budget worksheets. The Durham CoC expects the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to release its CoC Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) in late May or June. The pre-application begins the process of determining which Durham projects will be recommended to HUD for funding in the 2015 CoC Homeless Grants Competition.
On April 20, 2015, City Council approved the FY 2015-16 funding recommendations for the following funding sources:  Emergency Solutions Grant  (ESG), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for People With Aids (HOPWA), and Dedicated Housing Funds (DHF).
2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development
 Achievement Award
On January 23, 2015, the National Community Development Association (NCDA) recognized the winners of the 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award during an awards luncheon at the NCDA Winter conference in Washington, DC. 
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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
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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Reginald J. Johnson

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

(919) 560-4570

(919) 560-4090