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.
The $160 million multi-year investment in affordable housing and services for low-income Durham residents includes specific and measurable goals. The efforts to achieve these goals are funded by:
●$95 million affordable housing bond
●$65 million in existing City and federal funds
Build 1,600 new affordable rental homes and preserve 800 affordable rental homes.
Move 1,700 homeless individuals and families into permanent housing.
Provide 400 affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income homebuyers.
Help 3,000 low-income renters and homeowners remain in or improve their homes.
Create at least $130M in contracting opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).
Progress – Where We Stand
The data below is current as of June 2022 and reflects progress specific to the $160 million, multi-year investment in affordable housing and services for low-income Durham residents.
"Our goal is to make Durham affordable, livable, and inclusive for everyone."
- Reginald J. Johnson, Director, Community Development Department, City of Durham
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laurel Oaks Renovation Completed
Laurel Oaks consists of 30 townhouse units. Located in the southwest section of Durham, Laurel Oaks is the first public housing community built since 1981.
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.
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.
Willard Street Groundbreaking
This new community is set to include 82 units of affordable housing serving individuals and families with low or modest incomes, bringing affordability to Durham.