Department of Community Development

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.

Longtime Homeowner Grant Program Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the 2017 real property tax year has been extended from December 20, 2018 to Friday, February 15, 2019. Additional details can be found at the bottom of this page.

DCD Opens Funding Applications Process - 11/26/2018 to 1/18/2019

The Department of Community Development (DCD) has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in support of the priorities outline in the City’s Affordable Housing Goals:

Multifamily Production and Preservation – DCD is soliciting proposals for projects that produce new multifamily rental housing or preserve existing multifamily rental housing for households with incomes at or below 60% AMI. Preservation projects may include projects that will extend the affordability period of existing income-restricted multifamily affordable rental housing and/or projects that propose to create affordable housing units by converting existing market-rate multifamily units to income-restricted affordable rental housing. DCD expects to award approximately $2,400,000 in Dedicated Housing Funds under this RFP.

Neighborhood Stabilization Preservation – DCD is soliciting applications for projects that create or preserve existing single family, affordable rental housing serving households at 60% or below AMI. Eligible projects will create new affordable rental units or extend the affordability period of existing income-restricted single family affordable rental housing. Proposed projects must be located within the specific geographic areas listed in the RFP. DCD expects to award approximately $1,000,000 in Dedicated Housing Funds under this RFP.

Applications must be completed on-line through the ZoomGrants application portal.

Applications are due no later than Friday - January 18, 2019 by 4:00 pm.

Due to inclement weather earlier in the week the Application Workshop for both RFPs has been rescheduled for Monday - December 17, 2018 at 9:00 am at the City of Durham Department of Community Development; 807 E. Main Street, Building 2, Suite 200 (on the second floor) Durham, NC 27701

Public Meeting - Durham FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan "Needs" Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held by the Durham City Council on November 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Council Chambers at 101 City Hall Plaza, to receive citizen comments on the needs in Durham neighborhoods. It is envisioned that these needs will be addressed through the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Consortium, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds, as contained in the upcoming FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has not yet notified the City of final entitlement amounts for FY 2019-2020. For planning purposes, the City expects to receive approximately $1,900,000 in CDBG, $1,000,000 in HOME Consortium, $160,000 in ESG, and $370,000 in HOPWA funds.

For additional information contact Wilmur Conyers, Federal Programs Coordinator on  or (919) 560-4570, Ext. 22277 or

Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act:  A person with a disability may receive an auxiliary aid or service to effectively participate in city government activities by contacting the ADA Coordinator, voice 919-560-4197, fax 919-560-4196, TTY 919-560-1200, or, as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event or deadline date.

Durham Affordable Housing Goals

The Durham Affordable Housing Goals report and presentation below were prepared by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., and approved by the City Council on June 2, 2016

Longtime Homeowner Grant Program

This grant program is designed to assist longtime homeowners that experienced an increase in their property taxes due to the City of Durham's revitalization efforts in the Southside, Northeast Central Durham, and Southwest Central Durham target areas.