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.

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.


Southside Beamon Assemblage

The City of Durham Community Development Department, as the Responsible Entity, has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Southside Beamon Assemblage project. The project has an estimated $1,800,000.00 in US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), funding and will include the demolition of existing infrastructure, soil removal, and construction of new infrastructure to include water and sewer, newly constructed street, individual driveways, new sidewalk, landscaped areas, street trees and new lighting for the development area. The development will include 23 new units of single-family home ownership with a minimum of 12 units being affordable to households earning 80% or below Durham Area Median Income (AMI). The proposed project is located at 105 E. Piedmont Avenue, west of S. Roxboro Street, within the City of Durham, North Carolina. The estimated total project cost, including construction of the homes, is to be determined. The City is notifying the public of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and the Intent to Request Release of Funds. The Combined Notice will be posted from July 17, 2019 until August 5, 2019. All comments should be submitted in writing to Sarah Zinn at or Community Development Department, City of Durham, 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27703.

Combined Notice for Southside Beamon Assemblage  - Please click to view the document.                                                                                                                                                                         

Request for Proposals

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:

   Multifamily production and preservation – CDD 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. The City anticipates that                   $2,750,000 will be available for multifamily projects. The source of funding is the City Dedicated       Housing Fund, Community Development Block Grant, HOME funds and/or a combination of             these funds.   

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

Applications will be due on Friday July 13, 2019, at 4:00 PM.

Application Workshop                                                                                                                  CDD will hold an Application Workshop RFPs on Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the following location:

City of Durham                                                                                                                      Department of Community Development                                                                                          516 516 Rigsbee Avenue                                                                                                                Durham, Durham, NC 27701                                                                                                                                                                                      

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.