Forever Home, Durham

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Mother with two sonsOverview

Forever Home, Durham is expanding affordable housing throughout the city. Public and private funds are being used to build homes, renovate properties and provide helpful services for renters and homeowners with low-to-moderate incomes. The City’s investments in affordable housing create jobs and economic benefits for all. This website shows the work of the many partners involved and tracks specific goals for housing and economic development. There is so much to do, and we have only just begun. We’re making life in Durham better — for all of us.

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Goals for Meaningful Change

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    2,400


    Build 1,600 new affordable rental homes and preserve 800 affordable rental homes.



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    1,700


    Move 1,700 homeless individuals and families into permanent housing.



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    400


    Provide 400 affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income homebuyers.


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    3,000


    Help 3,000 low-income renters and homeowners remain in or improve their homes.



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    $130 million


    Create at least $130M in contracting opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).


Progress – Where We Stand

The data below was last updated in October 2021 and will be updated on a quarterly basis.  The two pie charts, below, for new and preserved rental homes utilize percentage values.

Data regarding Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) contracts will be available June 2022.


"Our goal is to make Durham affordable, livable, and inclusive for everyone."

- Reginald J. Johnson, Director, Community Development Department, City of Durham


Progress Timeline

Stay updated as Forever Home, Durham creates life-changing housing opportunities for residents of our city. We’ll track the impact on jobs and affordable housing to show where and how the City’s investments are making a real difference.

SEPTEMBER 2021

Willard Street Ribbon Cutting

New residents, housing advocates, project partners and city leaders celebrated the grand opening of Willard Street Apartments. This new community includes 82 units of affordable housing serving individuals and families with low or modest incomes, bringing affordability to Durham. Watch a video about the impact of the Willard Street Apartments.

AUGUST 2021

Groundbreaking At JJ Henderson

Durham community partners Durham Housing Authority and Laurel Street residential development came together to mark the official groundbreaking of JJ Henderson Senior Campus new construction. The new construction four-story building will consist of 80 dwelling units designated for seniors 62 years or older at a mix of incomes, including 30%, 60%, 70% and 80% AMI.

AUGUST 2021

United Minority Contractors Of North Carolina Selected To Support Women And Minority Business Enterprises

City Council approved a 42-month $533,980 contract with UMCNC to provide outreach and support during prequalification, bid and contract processes and ensure Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) are positioned to earn contracts on affordable housing projects funded by the City.

MAY 2021

JJ Henderson Renovation Begins

Renovations began at DHA’s JJ Henderson property. At this site, 178 units will be completely rehabilitated and 80 new apartments will be constructed for low-income elderly households.

APRIL 2021

Affordable Housing Implementation Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

Inaugural meeting of the Affordable Housing Implementation Committee was held to advise the City’s Community Development Department on implementation of the Forever Home, Durham affordable housing investment program.

MARCH 2021

Laurel Oaks Renovation Complete

The renovation of Laurel Oaks, a 30-unit DHA family community, was completed with the support of $800,000 in City funding.

MARCH 2021

Willard Street Apartments Open

The 82-unit Willard Street Apartments, built on a former City-owned site, welcomed its first residents. View a photo tour of the property.

FEBRUARY 2021

The Community Development Department Releases An RFP For A Downpayment Assistance Program Administrator

The Community Development Department released a request for proposals to select an administrator for a new City-funded down payment assistance program. The program will support homebuyers with incomes below the 80% area medium income (AMI) by providing second mortgages of up to $20,000.

NOVEMBER 2019

Affordable Housing Bond Passes

The City of Durham voters voted overwhelmingly in support of the $95 million affordable housing bond, which paired with $65 million in local and federal funding creates the Forever Home, Durham program.


Our Partners

Affordable Housing Implementation Committee logo
Durham Housing Authority Logo (DHA)
CASA logo
CEF logo
DHIC logo
DCLT Logo
Durham County logo
Entry Point Durham logo
Families Moving Forward Logo
Habitat for Humanity of Durham Logo
Housing for New Hope Logo
Legal Aid NC logo
Project Access of Durham County logo
Reinvestment Partners logo
Self-Help Credit Union logo
Urban Ministries of Durham Logo
Volunteers of America logo