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.

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.

Combined Notice of FONSI and Intent To Request Release of Funds

The City of Durham, as the Responsible Entity, has completed an National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment for the Willard Street Apartments project. The Willard Street apartments project will construct 82 units of multi-family housing for households earning 60% or below Area Median Income. The City will provide local funding to the project and the Housing Authority of the City of Durham will be transferring assistance of vouchers once the units are constructed. The use of vouchers requires the Environmental Assessment. 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 May 13, 2019 until May 31, 2019. All comments should be submitted in writing to:

Sarah Zinn at                                  


Community Development Department                                                                                              City of Durham                                                                                                                                      516 Rigsbee Avenue                                                                                                                            Durham, North Carolina                                                                                                                        27713 

Notice of Finding No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds - The Combined Notice Will be posted from May 13, 2019 until May 31, 2019.                                                                                                                                                       

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.


Request for Proposals

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.

Request for Qualifications

The City of Durham Community Development Department (CCD) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in support of the priorities outlined in the City's Affordable Housing Goals

Request for Qualifications for Technical Assistance Providers for Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developers - Through this RFQ, CDD is soliciting qualifications from organizations and individuals with experience providing individualized technical assistance to nonprofit affordable housing developers in the following areas:

     • Assessment of real estate development, asset management and property management                     systems to identify gaps and areas for improvement;

     • Development of affordable rental housing, including both new construction and preservation             projects;

     • Design of project management systems for the execution of affordable housing new                           construction and preservation projects; and

     • Design of asset management systems, policies and procedures. 

Applications are due no later than Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

Application Workshop/Conference Call:

The City will conduct an Application Workshop on April 25, 2019 at 10:00 am. During the workshop, City designees will endeavor to provide responses to, and/or additional clarification for any questions. The workshop will be at the following location:

 Community Development Department                                                                                               City of Durham                                                                                                                                   516 Rigsbee Avenue                                                                                                                 Durham, NC 27701                                                                                                                         919-560-4570

Interested parties can also participate in the Application Workshop via conference call by calling the Community Development Department’s main number, (919) 560-4570, and requesting to be added to the RFQ conference call.

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.