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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.


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
WNCU-FM - The Durham Skywriter Podcast on the City's Urgent Repair Program
Durham Receives John A. Sasso National Community Development Award
Durham is one of only 19 communities nationwide to receive this year's John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award from the National Community Development Association.
The award recognizes a community's efforts to promote and celebrate the Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program during National Community Development Week.

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