Public Housing

The major goal of the Housing Authority is to provide high quality housing for Durham's low and moderate income citizens. In pursuit of this goal, the agency strives to deliver the best possible service in a "people-sensitive" fashion. All work tasks evolve around the premise that the quality of our work directly affects the quality of life of those served.

Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $300,000 CNI planning grant to the Durham Housing Authority in 2012. The CNI program aims to reduce the spatial concentration of poverty through the revitalization of distressed public, assisted and vacant private housing while leveraging investment in neighborhood resources.

This grant will be leveraged (with cash and in-kind services) to approximately $1 million. It will provide the resources for DHA and its partners to plan the re-development of the Southeast Central area, which includes the McDougald Terrace public housing community. This area is bounded by NC Hwy 147 on the North, Bacon Street on the East, Roxboro Street on the West, and Elmira Avenue on the South. Completed in 1953, McDougald Terrace, with a total of 360 multifamily units, is the largest conventional public housing community in Durham.

The goal of the CNI Planning Grant is to develop a comprehensive Transformation Plan that will address the core goals of the CNI program: housing, people, and neighborhoods.

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HOPE VI is a $35 million revitalization grant to revitalize the Few Gardens public housing complex and surrounding community.

DHA received a HOPE VI Revitalization Grant in the amount of $35,000,000 that made possible the revitalization of the Few Gardens public housing complex and surrounding community. All 240 existing units in Few Gardens have been demolished and will be replaced with 150 units on the original site, including 75 public housing units, 42 tax credit units and 13 market-rate units, as well as homeownership opportunities for 20 public housing and 15 middle income families.

The HOPE VI revitalization plan will also help strengthen the surrounding community by developing 260 units in three adjacent neighborhoods, including 85 public housing rental, 46 tax credit rental, 14 market rate and 115 homeownership units for 60 public housing and 55 middle income families.

With access to more than 20 local partners, including the Center for Employment and Training, North Carolina Central University and local employers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Durham Public Schools, and IBM, Residents will gain the skills they need to tap into the economic growth area. Durham's HOPE VI Grant has leveraged millions of dollars in public and private funds.

Conventional Public Housing Program

The Conventional Public Housing Program provides quality, safe, affordable housing for low and moderate income families. Not only does this program assist in the improvement of current housing situations, it also serves as a stepping stone for upward mobility.

After program eligibility is determined, an applicant is placed on a waiting list in accordance with local preference guidelines according to the date/time of application and bedroom requirements. Final eligibility is determined immediately prior to the assignment of an apartment.

There are 14 Conventional Public Housing communities located throughout Durham: McDougald Terrace, Scattered Sites, Oldham Towers, Cornwallis Road, Liberty Street, Club Boulevard, Hoover Road, J.J. Henderson Housing Center, Morreene Road, Damar Court, Oxford Manor, Forest Hill Heights and Laurel Oaks. These communities provide a total of 1,706 dwelling units.

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