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.

Request for Proposals

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

Coordinated Entry with Diversion - The Department of Community Development is soliciting proposals to create and implement a central front door into Durham’s homeless system. Projects will work with the Durham County Department of Social Services to create a joint central unit to conduct intakes, assessments, diversion, prioritization, and referral in accordance with the Durham Continuum of Care’s Written Standards for Coordinated Entry. The goal of this project is to increase accessibility to the Durham homeless system and ensure that services are prioritized fairly based on level of need. DCD expects to award approximately $353,000 in Dedicated Housing Funds under this RFP.

Coordinated Entry with Diversion Workshop Presentation - This presentation was held on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Landlord Engagement - The Department of Community Development is soliciting proposals for projects that establish and manage a Landlord Engagement Program to expand rental options available to people experiencing homelessness within the Durham Continuum of Care planning, coordinating, and conducting landlord engagement efforts, providing financial incentives to increase units rented to people using housing subsidies to end their homelessness, collecting and sharing information about available units, and serving as a primary point of contact when tenant-landlord issues arise. DCD expects to award approximately $165,000 in Dedicated Housing Funds under this RFP.

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

Applications are due no later than Monday, March 11, 2019, at 4:00 pm.

An Application Workshop for the Coordinated Entry with Diversion RFP will be held on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 2:30 PM.

An Application Workshop for the Landlord Engagement RFP will be held on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

Both application workshops will be held at the following location:

City of Durham
Department of Community Development
807 East Main St. – Bldg. 2/ Suite 200
Durham, NC 27701

For questions you may contact: 
Hanaleah Hoberman, MPH
Hanaleah.Hoberman@Durhamnc.gov
919-560-4570

Rebid of Request for Proposals - Associated with the Proposed Disposition of City-Owned Vacant Lots to Affordable Housing Builders and/or Developers

Through this RFP the City of Durham is soliciting proposals from builders and/or developers to utilize vacant City-owned lots to construct affordable housing units.

The deadline for submittals is March 1, 2019 by 4:00 PM at the Department of Community Development located at 807 E. Main Street, Bldg. 2, Suite 200 (second floor), Durham, NC, 27701.

Request for Proposals (RFP) - City-Owned Vacant Lots

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Rebid of Request for Proposals - Associated with the Proposed Homeownership / Small Scale Rental Development of the Southside Neighborhood

Through this RFP the City of Durham is soliciting proposals from qualified builders and/or developers for the homeownership/small scale rental development of the Southside Neighborhood.

The deadline for submittals is March 1, 2019 by 4:00 PM at the Department of Community Development located at 807 E. Main Street, Bldg. 2, Suite 200 (second floor), Durham, NC, 27701.

Request for Proposals (RFP) - Southside Neighborhood

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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.

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.