DHA Downtown & Neighborhood Planning (DDNP)

Durham's downtown area is undergoing some dramatic changes with important affordable housing developments on the way.  The DHA Downtown and Neighborhood Plan (DDNP) was initiatied from a partnership between the City of Durham, Durham County and DHA, to collectively focus on nearly 60 acres of publicly owned land in downtown Durham to develop a single development framework
that simultaneously addresses the needs of all

To learn more about DHA’s Strategy to Preserve and Expand Affordability Housingplease click here

The preparation for DDNP began in 2017.  We are currently in Phase 4: finalize and implement plan.

The DHA Downtown and Neighborhood Plan preserves and develops over 2,400 mixed-income units to serve residents at various Area Median Incomes (AMI) in apartment complexes with bedroom sizes ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. 


For more information about DDNP, please contact Alisha Curry, Project Manager for the Durham Housing Authority at 919-683-1551 ext. 7019,or by email at [email protected] 

For more information about the project's planners and architects, please visit their websites:

EJP Consulting: http://www.ejpconsultinggroup.com/ 
Lord Aeck Sargent: http://www.lordaecksargent.com/

To learn more about the City of Durham’s Proposed Affordable Housing Investment FY20-FY24please click here.

To learn more about the Durham Affordable Housing Bond and how it will assist DHA to expand the number of affordable rental units can be found, please click here: www.durhamaffordablehousingbond.com 

JJ Henderson Environmental Review Notice (posted June 20, 2020)

The City of Durham Community Development Department, as the Responsible Entity, has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Durham Housing Authority J. J. Henderson project.  The project includes U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME funds and Public Housing Capital Funds. DHA proposes to use HUD funding to renovate the existing 178-unit building and construct a new adjacent, connected four-story building housing 80 additional units as part of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. The project will maintain the current number and mix of studio and 1-bedroom units in the existing building and provide 1- and 2-bedroom floorplans in the new four-story building. The project will also include the demolition of a one-story structure located along the southern facade of the existing building, the construction of additional parking, and site amenities including sidewalks, bike racks, benches, and trees. An optional on-site alternative, in addition to the proposed 178 existing and 80 new units, includes the construction of approximately 12 new townhome units that will be provided for sale. The Environmental Assessment produced a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and will require mitigation as listed in the Environmental Review.  
Due to COVID-19, City of Durham Community Development Department is closed to the public. The Environmental Review and the Combined Notice are both posted on the City's website, found here: https://durhamnc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2451.  The Combined Notice speaks to the proposed J. J. Henderson project and has a comment period from Friday, June 19, 2020, through Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  Comments should be submitted by email to Matthew Walker, Community Development Manager, at [email protected], but may also be submitted in writing to City of Durham Community Development Department, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701. Any comments received during that time will be considered before the City and the Durham Housing Authority submits the Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request for Release of Funds for the project to to HUD on or after Thursday, July 9, 2020. The Combined Notice also provides contact information for objections to be submitted to HUD.