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.

Durham Affordable Housing Loan Fund Launches

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.

An information session was held 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:

https://www.self-help.org/dahlf


Affordable Housing Density Bonus Draft Policies and Procedures

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 is seeking comments and suggestions from residents and developers about these draft policies. To review the draft policies, click here. Comments should be submitted by E-mail to Karen Lado, Assistant Director for Strategy, at karen.lado@durhamnc.gov by the end of the day on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Affordable Housing Bonus Policies Draft

In addition, the Community Development Department will host a feedback session for interested parties to discuss the draft policies on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 10:00 am, at the following address:

 Community Development Department                                                                                                   Main Conference Room                                                                                                                         516 Rigsbee Avenue                                                                                                                             Durham, NC 27705


Public Hearing Notice and Proposed Amendments to FYs 2015- 2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plans

The Durham City Council will hold a public hearing on April 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM to receive citizen comments on the Proposed Amendments to the FYs 2015- 2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plans. Please refer to the Public Hearing Notice and Proposed Amendments for additional information.

Proposed Substantial Amendments Cover Page

Proposed Substantial Amendments Advertisement

Substantial Amendments CDBG Spreadsheet


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         

The City of Durham opened sealed bids submitted on November 19, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. for Installation of HUD Funded Signalized Pedestrian Improvements in Durham, NC. The bid opening was held in the Transportation Conference Room, Fourth Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, North Carolina.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for an Unsheltered Coordinating Agency

On December 12, 2019 the Community Development Department (CDD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in support of the priorities outlined in the City's 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                           (1) pre- case management services, (2) case management, (3) encampment lead agency                 responsibilities, and (4) community coordination. CDD expects to award approximately                     $1,075,000 in joint City and County funding under this RFP.

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

ZoomGrantsApplicationPortal

Applications are due no later than Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 4:00 pm EST.

Application Workshop

CDD held a rescheduled Application Workshop for the Unsheltered Coordinating Agency RFP on Thursday, January 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.

The application workshop was held at the following location:

City of Durham                                                                                                                      Community Development Department                                                                                              516 Rigsbee Avenue                                                                                                                  Durham, NC 27701                                                                                                                              There was a conference call dial-in number at: 919-237-4287

Please note the following addendum which includes the revised RFP schedule:

Addendum 1

Please find the attached addendum 2 which 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 2

Attached is Addendum 3, which includes a clarification regarding question 25 in the application. This Addendum has also been posted on the City of Durham Community Development Department website. 

Addendum 3


City of Durham Intent to Request Release of Funds (RRF) for 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 attached Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds provides further details regarding program activities.

The City is accepting comments regarding the Environmental Review Record (ERR) and proposed work through January 13, 2020. Comments may be submitted in writing to Sarah Zinn by email at    sarah.zinn@durhamnc.gov, or by mail at 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701. The full ERR is available for review at the Community Development Department located at 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Please see details for the RRF below:

Request Release of Funds for HUD Leaf Program                                                                                  


City of Durham: Needs Assessment Meetings Notice- February 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM.                                                                                                                             

The City of Durham, with the assistance of Chrysalis Research and Consulting, LLC, is developing the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fairing Housing Choice. As a part of the planning process, the City is conducting a Needs Assessment Meeting on February 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM as well as a survey to identify residents’ needs in the community. The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701. Citizen input is critical in determining how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds should be spent over the next five years. In addition, the research will focus on fair housing concerns, such as acts of discrimination or barriers that might limit the housing choices of families and individuals.

Please make plans to attend this very important Needs Assessment Meeting and to complete the On-Line Survey. The On-Line survey will be open until February 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM. If needed, hard copies of the survey will be available at the Community Development Department, 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701.

Please note the City of Durham Needs Assessment Meeting Notices:

City of Durham Needs Assessment Meeting Notice (English)

City of Durham Needs Assessment Meeting Notice (Spanish)

Please note the City of Durham Needs Assessment Meeting Consolidated Plan Presentations from January 9, 2020 that was held 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM.

City of Durham-  Needs Assessment Meeting Presentation

Chrysalis Research Consulting-  Needs Assessment Meeting Presentation


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 https://durhamnc.gov/bids.aspx. 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 ADA@durhamnc.gov, 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

RESCHEDULED MEETING: Housing Developer Partnership Meeting: March 6, 2020 

This message is to inform you that due to poor weather conditions expected tonight and tomorrow, our scheduled Developer Partnership Meeting for Friday February 21, 2020 must unfortunately be postponed.

The safety of attendees and our employees always comes first. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to working with you, and your colleagues.

The meeting will now be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 2pm – 3:30pm at 516 Rigsbee Avenue in Community Development Department’s Main Conference Room.

Please confirm the receipt of this message by replying to us at:

Mathew.Walker@durhamnc.gov

Regards,

Karen Lado


On Thursday, June 27, 2019, the Community Development Department held a meeting for Affordable Housing Developers, Owners, and interested persons 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.