How does the City work with DHA to create and maintain affordable housing options in Durham?

DHA is an important partner for improving and expanding affordable rental housing. The public housing that DHA owns represents the majority of the affordable housing in Durham for extremely low-income households. Because of shortfalls in federal funding over decades, public housing in Durham and nationally faces an enormous backlog of capital investment, leaving many public housing residents living in substandard and functionally obsolete units. To address this challenge, the Durham Housing Authority developed the DHA Downtown and Neighborhood Plan (DDNP) in partnership with community stakeholders, the City, and County to guide the redevelopment of the first phase of public housing properties as mixed-income communities, preserving the extremely affordable public housing and adding affordable and market-rate housing. The City’s $58.9 million commitment from the $160 million Forever Home, Durham investment program is a critical piece of DHA’s public/private financing strategy involving multiple other partners. The City’s commitment is currently directed to the DHA development plans for: JJ Henderson, 519 East Main/Liberty, Oldham, Forest Hill Heights, and a significant addition of residential and mixed-use units at the DHA office site.

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1. What is the goal of Forever Home, Durham?
2. Will Forever Home, Durham, solve the affordable housing crisis in Durham?
3. Does this program focus on other areas in addition to the development of affordable housing?
4. How will the City achieve the goals of Forever Home, Durham?
5. How does the $160 million spur $443 million in private funding for additional affordable housing support in the City of Durham?
6. What progress has the program made so far?
7. What is the role of the Durham Housing Authority (DHA) in providing housing in Durham?
8. How does the City work with DHA to create and maintain affordable housing options in Durham?
9. What is the DHA Downtown Neighborhood Plan and what is its role in affordable housing?
10. What will happen to the residents living at DHA properties that are slated for redevelopment?
11. How did the City decide which activities are included in the Forever Home, Durham Program?
12. How does the City decide which activities to work on when?
13. What else is the City doing beyond the programs funded by Forever Home, Durham?
14. How will the City track the money being spent as part of this program?
15. Was this program impacted by COVID-19?
16. How does the City track activities that count toward Forever Home, Durham goals and progress?
17. What is not included in Forever Home, Durham reporting?
18. How will the funds for Forever Home, Durham be collected and authorized?
19. How does Forever Home, Durham support jobs?