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.

Durham Affordable Housing Loan Fund Launches

The City is partnering with Self-Help Credit Union, Duke University, North Carolina Community Development Initiative, and SunTrust on a new Durham Affordable Housing Loan Fund (DAHLF). DAHLF will help create incentive to build affordable housing by providing funding to nonprofits and affordable housing developers on a quicker timeline and at below-market interest rates.

There will be an information session on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at 302 West Main Street in Durham for affordable housing developers and others interested in DAHLF to learn more about the Fund and the loan products. Website with further details can also be found at:

Affordable Housing Bond

Proposed Durham Affordable Housing Investments including the 2019 Affordable Housing Bond Referendum: Proposed Affordable Housing Investment FY20-FY24 (PDF)                                                                                                                                                                                               For additional information: $95 Million Affordable Housing Bond on November Ballot         

Loan Portfolio Servicing of the Affordable Housing Loan Portfolio

The City of Durham is requesting proposals from qualified persons, firms or corporations for Loan Portfolio Servicing of the Affordable Housing Loan Portfolio managed by the City of Durham’s Community Development Department (CDD) until 3:00 PM EST, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Community Development Department located at 516 Rigsbee Avenue Durham, NC 27701. The City’s loan portfolio supports affordable housing activities through Developer and Residential loans funded by Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Funds (HOME), Affordable Housing General Obligation Bond Revenue Funds (BOND) and General Funds. 

The Request for Proposal (RFP) Packages will be available from the Community Development Department beginning November 4, 2019. The Request for Proposal can also be viewed and downloaded from the City of Durham’s website beginning November 4, 2019 at Hand delivery or Mail submissions of proposals are acceptable; however, fax, email or oral submissions will not be accepted. 

The Pre-Submittal (non-mandatory) meeting will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST, at 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701 in the Main Conference Room. If you are unable to attend but would like to participate in the meeting, please contact Community Development Department at (919) 560-4570 to request the Conference Call Dial-In Number no later than Monday, November 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM EST.

The City Council of the City of Durham reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive any and all informalities, and to disregard all nonconforming or conditional proposals or counter proposals, and to accept the proposal that will be in the best interest of the City of Durham. 

There are no goals set for this project; however, businesses in the Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and eligible Section 3 businesses as defined in the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended are encouraged to apply.

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.

RFP Package with Exhibits


Affordable Housing Development- Developer Partnership Meeting Notice

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, the Community Development Department held a meeting for Affordable Housing Developers, Owners, and interested persons's to provide an update on the City of Durham's affordable housing and neighborhood stabilization efforts.

 A copy of the presentation from this meeting can be found here: Developer Partnership Meeting     


Development Public Hearing Notice and FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Draft Funding Chart

The Durham City Council will hold a public hearing on April 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM to receive citizen comments on the Draft FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP).

Public Hearing Notice and FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Draft Funding Chart - Please refer to this Public Hearing Notice and Draft FY 2019-2020 Funding Chart for additional information.


City of Durham City Council Special Work Session for the Community Development Department

On Thursday, February 21, 2019 the City of Durham City Council held a Special Work Session to receive and discuss the updated three to five-year Affordable Housing Plan from the Community Development Department. Below you will find the links to the Special City Council Meeting Agenda, the Durham City Council Durham Housing Authority (DHA) Downtown & Neighborhood Plan, the draft of the Proposed Affordable Housing Investment FY20-FY24 from the Community Development Department, and the Community Development Department Longtime Homeowner Grant Program Recommendations memo.

Special City Council Meeting Agenda – From Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:30 AM held at          City Hall.

Durham City Council Durham Housing Authority (DHA) Downtown & Neighborhood Plan –      Presented Tuesday, February 11, 2019.

Proposed Affordable Housing Investment FY20-FY24  – Draft from Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Community Development Department Longtime Homeowner Grant Program Recommendations Memo – Draft from Thursday, February 14, 2019.                                                              

2019 Durham Continuum of Care - The Community Development Department, as the Durham Continuum of Care Lead Agency, has initiated the 2019 Durham Continuum of Care Pre-Application process. The Durham Continuum of Care anticipates that it will be eligible to apply for approximately $1,500,000.00 in funding Department of Housing and Urban Development. A workshop outlining the details and timeline for the pre-application process was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

2019 Durham Continuum Pre-Application Workshop Presentation - Please click to view the presentation.

Pre-applications must be completed on-line through ZoomGrants.

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.