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 Community Development Department 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.
  1. Request For Proposals (RFP) Operating Support for Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developers

    The City of Durham, Community Development Department is making funds available for emergency operating assistance for nonprofit developers active in the City of Durham. Read on...
  2. Request For Proposals (RFP) Lead and Healthy Homes Program

    Pre-Proposal Workshops: July 8, 2020 and July 9, 2020 Read on...
  3. Community Development Department Opens Funding Application Process: Requests for Proposals (RFP)

    The Community Development Department (CDD) has issued a Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in support of the priorities outline in the City’s Affordable Housing Goals. Read on...
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Durham Launches Affordable Housing Loan Fund

The City has partnered 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. Click DAHLF to learn more about the fund and the loan products.

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 .        

Affordable Housing Goals

Affordable Housing Goals

The Community Development Department solicited proposals for an Unsheltered Coordinating Agency responsible for evaluating, planning, leading, and implementing the response to unsheltered homelessness in Durham County. Project activities include Pre-case Management services, case management, encampment lead agency responsibilities, and community coordination. The Community Development Department expects to award approximately $1,075,000 in joint City and County funding under a Request for Proposals.    

Affordable Housing Plan

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.

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

Please note the Special City Council Meeting Agenda from February 21, 2019, the Proposed Affordable Housing Investment FY20 - FY24 from February 14, 2019, the Community Development Department Longtime Homeowner Grant Program Recommendations Memo from February 14, 2019, and the Durham City Council Durham Housing Authority (DHA) Downtown & Neighborhood Plan from February 11, 2019.

 Affordable Housing Density Bonus

The City of Durham’s Community Development Department has developed draft policies and procedures to guide the utilization of the Affordable Housing Density Bonus described in Section 6.6 of Durham’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The Community Development Department sought comments and suggestions from residents and developers about the Affordable Housing Bonus Policies Draft.                                                                                                                          

  • Addendum 1 Includes the revised RFP schedule.
  • Addendum 2 includes the answers to questions that were asked and answered in the workshop, as well as other questions submitted to CDD related to the Unsheltered Coordinating Agency RFP.  
  • Addendum 3 includes a clarification regarding question 25 in the application. This Addendum has also been posted on the City of Durham Community Development Department website. 

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Program

The City of Durham received Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant and Healthy Homes Supplemental Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City has completed a Tiered Environmental Review for the activities that will take place under this grant. Units located within the City of Durham geographic boundaries and meeting the program requirements will be eligible. The Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds provides further details regarding program activities. Request Release of Funds for HUD Leaf Program 

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.

Please click here for the 2019 Durham Continuum Pre-Application Workshop Presentation 

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.

Information on this program including how to apply