Human Relations


The City of Durham recognizes and embraces its diverse community and rich cultural history 

About Us

The Human Relations Division enforces Durham’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance. 


It is our vision to end discrimination in any form and our goal to instill mutual respect and civility among all people and to make Durham into a model community for our state, nation and world.


To improve race and human relations in the City of Durham by:

  1. Enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Ordinance of the City of Durham
  2. Prioritizing community outreach and educational activities to meet the needs of our citizens

Non-Discrimination Ordinance

The City Durham adopted a Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) to provide freedom from discrimination in connection with housing, employment, and public accommodations.   

View Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Protected Classes

  • Race  
  • Color 
  • Religion 
  • National Origin 
  • Family Status  
  • Disability 
  • Sex 
  • Protected Hairstyles 
  • Military Status 
  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Gender Identity 

The Human Relations Division enforces the federal Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Ordinance of the City of Durham. These laws prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (gender), handicap (disability), and familial status.  Thus, it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of property, coerce or interfere in housing, or administer less favorable housing terms based on a tenant’s membership in one or more of the above “protected” classes.  It is also illegal to sexually harass a tenant or commit other acts of harassment that creates a hostile environment.  If you or someone you know is a victim of housing discrimination, complete the online complaint form or contact our office by calling 919-560-4107 or via email at [email protected].  Click here for information about fair housing.

Education & Outreach

Human Relations is responsible for providing fair housing education, outreach, and training on the City of Durham Fair Housing Ordinance, federal fair housing laws and related civil rights issues.

Community Relations

The Community Relations Program works with community groups, businesses, governmental agencies, schools and other groups to enhance their understanding of racial and cultural relations in order to create a greater level of harmony within the Durham community.