As the affordable communities funded by Forever Home, Durham move forward, updates will be posted here. Please visit this page for the latest information on specific residential development efforts and a broad range of housing service programs. We are excited to share the news of the progress being made.
Making progress that makes a difference.
See how Forever Home, Durham is creating more affordable housing and offering important solutions to residents across our city.
Forever Home, Durham works closely with specialized partners, providing annual funding for essential services. Examples include:
- Entry Point Durham – A trained team helps people facing homelessness by connecting them to housing resources and service providers. Provided by Volunteers of America (VOA) in partnership with Durham County Social Services.
- Emergency Shelter – Urban Ministries of Durham and Families Moving Forward provide shelter to single individuals and families in need.
- Rapid Re-housing – Short-term rental assistance to move people from homelessness into stable housing. Currently offered by Housing for New Hope and Project Access.
- Street Outreach – Housing for New Hope conducts outreach to connect individuals and families who are living on the street with housing assistance and appropriate services.
- Housing assistance for persons living with HIV/AIDS – Funding for case management, emergency rental assistance, and tenant-based rental assistance (vouchers) for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Administered by the Durham County Department of Social Services and the Durham Housing Authority.
- Eviction diversion – Legal assistance for renters facing eviction provided by Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Elizabeth Street Apartments (new construction)
The new construction of 72 rental homes for families is the first of five planned phases to redevelop the combined 519 East Main and Liberty Street Apartments sites. DHA has partnered with Laurel Street Residential as co-developer. Total development cost: $20M for the first phase; City gap funding: $2.5M. The City expects to provide gap financing for future phases.
Willard Street Apartments
This initiative includes the new construction of 82 affordable apartment homes for families on a downtown site formerly owned by the City of Durham. The project was completed by DHIC/Self Help in March 2021 and leasing is underway.
JJ Henderson Tower (renovation)
The complete rehabilitation and update of 178 rental homes serving low-income elderly households is underway. Residents are living on-site while their apartments are renovated. DHA, which owns the property, has partnered with California Commercial Investment Group and the Florian Group on the renovation. Total development cost: $31.2M; City gap funding: $2.9 million.
JJ Henderson Apartments (new)
Adjacent to the existing J.J. Henderson Tower, new construction of 80 affordable rental homes for elderly households is starting in the summer of 2021. DHA has partnered with Laurel Street Residential on this development. Total development cost: $16.2M; City gap funding: $3 million.
Laurel Oaks (renovation)
The rehabilitation of 30 apartment homes owned by DHA for families was completed in March 2021. Total development cost: $1,799,121; City gap funding $800,000.
Ross Road Apartments (renovation)
This 42-unit property was purchased from a private owner by Reinvestment Partners, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, and is being completely renovated. Total renovation cost: $4,683,270; City gap funding $2,348,270.