Forever Home, Durham is providing life-changing opportunities for families and individuals seeking affordable housing. In addition to funding residential development and renovations for homebuyers and renters, the program supports services helping residents who are facing eviction or homelessness. We’re pleased to share inspiring stories and examples of the program’s positive impact in our community.

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Officials speak at press conference for affordable housing project.

“It's very affordable. It takes away the fear of going to your mailbox and getting that bill you cannot pay. This is definitely home for me."

— ReNee Valentine, Willard Street Apartments resident

Stories and Activities

  1. Rendering of Ashton Place apartments to help provide affordable housing options.

    Ashton Place to Expand Affordable Senior Housing Options in Downtown Durham

    Downtown Durham will be home to another senior-living affordable housing development in 2024 when the ribbon is cut on Ashton Place at 310 Jackson Street, with 51 new available units. Read on...
  2. Rendering of apartment complex to help increase affordable housing options

    The Acadia on Track to Bring Affordable Housing to Suburban Durham

    As progress continues in the mission to increase affordable housing options in and around downtown Durham, the City of Durham and the Forever Home, Durham initiative are proud to share news about an affordable housing development outside of downtown. Read on...
  3. FHD 519

    E Main/Elizabeth Street

    Demolition of Durham’s 519 East Main + Liberty Apartments Marks New Chapter in Affordable Housing Read on...
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    JJ Henderson Grand Reopening

    Renovation of JJ Henderson Apartments Revitalizes Affordable Housing for Low-Income Seniors Read on...
  5. FHD Willard Street

    Willard Street NCHFA Housing Excellence Award

    Durham’s Willard Street Apartments Recognized for Excellence in Affordable Housing by NCHFA. Read on...
  6. Site plan from DHA&#39s Downtown and Neighborhood Plan

    Durham Housing Authority & City Receive $40 Million Choice Neighborhoods Grant

    The funding will support the Durham Housing Authority's Downtown and Neighborhood Plan to revitalize and reconnect long-time residents and legacy businesses to economic growth in downtown, including revitalizing 519 East Main + Liberty Street Apartments. Read on...
  7. Joyce building under construction

    The Joyce

    The Durham Housing Authority and development partner Laurel Street Residential recently marked the halfway point in the construction of The Joyce, a new, affordable housing complex for seniors on S. Duke St. near downtown Durham. Read on...
  8. YWCA

    Harriet Tubman YWCA

    Opened in 1953, the historic Harriet Tubman YWCA in Durham has served as a residence for student nurses and a community hub for education, events and organizing, especially during the Civil Rights Movement. Read on...
  9. video thumbnail shows instructor teaching construction students how to measure wood

    Construction Training Program Provides Jobs and Supports Affordable Housing

    A new partnership with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency and the N.C. Home Builders Association will allow the City to help train low-income residents for jobs in the construction industry as well as provide assistance for affordable housing efforts. Read on...
  10. community layout shows location of buildings at Fairhaven Walk

    Fairhaven Walk Affordable Housing Project to Become a Reality

    The 192-unit Fairhaven Walk affordable housing project will become a reality thanks to gap financing the City is providing through affordable housing bond funds. Find out what the project is and how it’s being supported on Bull City Today. Read on...
  11. Host Amy Blalock discusses the Sandy Ridge Station project

    Sandy Ridge Station Affordable Housing Project

    Funding from the City's Forever Home, Durham program will help support the development of Sandy Ridge Station, another affordable housing project on Old Oxford Road. Find out more in our Bull City Today episode. Read on...
  12. Preserving and Sustaining Tenancy

    Preserving and Sustaining Tenancy

    Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income residents to stop illegal evictions, save homes from foreclosure, and fight against housing discrimination. Read on...
  13. Inspiring Hope During a Crisis

    Inspiring Hope During a Crisis

    With a mission to empower self-reliance and inspire hope, Volunteers of America (VOA) is a critical partner in meeting the goals of preventing and ending homelessness in Durham. Read on...
  14. Yolanda Winstead

    Willard Street Welcomes Residents Home

    Willard Street Apartments has set a new standard for affordable housing in Durham, North Carolina. Watch this video to learn about the Forever Home, Durham community partnerships that made it possible and the impact it has made on residents. Read on...
  15. group of community leaders holds shovels at groundbreaking

    Forever Home, Durham Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking at JJ Henderson

    In August 2021, 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. Read on...
  16. Willard Street Apartments exterior

    Renewed Security Brings Peace to Resident

    A Durham resident moves into the newly built Willard Street Apartments where she regains a sense of neighborhood pride and security. Read on...
  17. Mayor Schewel delivers State of the City

    Mayor Schewel’s 2021 State of the City Video 3: Affordable Housing Efforts in Durham

    Mayor Steve Schewel delivered his annual State of the City Address in several videos. In this one, he discussed affordable housing efforts in Durham. Read on...
  18. blue single family ranch

    Restorations Breathe New Life Into Home

    When a Durham resident learned about a home improvement program for seniors, she got more than she expected - new windows and a new roof. The repairs will allow her to enjoy her home for years to come. Read on...
  19. Host Amy Blalock discusses affordable housing with Community Development Department staff

    CityLife: City Staff Discusses Affordable Housing Bond Referendum

    Amy Blalock sits down to discuss affordable housing with Reginald Johnson and Karen Lado of the City's Durham Community Development Department. Read on...
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    Durham Voters Approve $95M Affordable Housing Bond

    Durham voters approved the city’s $95 million affordable housing bond, now the largest housing bond in North Carolina history. The bond will fund projects that target both low and moderate income families and address homelessness and housing insecurity. Read on...
  21. Host Beverly Thompson conducts virtual interview

    CityLife: Affordable Housing Investment Program Update

    Host Beverly Thompson learns about the City's Affordable Housing Investment Program, including the program goals, how they’re being achieved, and how Durham’s public housing fits into the scope of the program’s funding. Read on...
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