Housing

Few Gardens’ project child

By Autavius Smith

November 29, 2017

  Growing up as a teen in Few Gardens during the ’70s, you were not getting out of any organized street fights. If Louis, leader of the “Few Crew,” decided to test your loyalty, anything went. Aunts, mothers, cousins and brothers would take the weapons away and circle around the folks duking it out in […]

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Urban Ministries and PictureDURM team up for photo project

By Justin Laidlaw

November 13, 2017

  In a changing Durham, perspective is key. While recent development throughout the city has allowed many residents to prosper, there are those whose voices have been marginalized in this growing metropolis, fighting to stay on their feet as gentrification and other urban renewal projects take effect. Urban Ministries of Durham and PictureDURM have partnered […]

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Affordable housing front and center at second MayorUp forum

By Justin Laidlaw

October 5, 2017

  Affordable housing is a hot button issue in Durham. Since major downtown revitalization began nearly 15 years ago, with developments like American Tobacco Campus and Durham Performing Arts Center, cost of living has shifted dramatically throughout the city. This was the topic of discussion at the second #MayorUp mayoral forum, hosted by Aaron Mandel […]

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LIFE Skills: Youth in transition find haven

By Sarah Cline

September 20, 2017

The apartment complex on Martha street just looks like any student housing. It has a hunter-green awning that shelters a bright green door, but still looks like any other apartment complex in the neighborhood. Walk through the doorway, though, and the LIFE Skills Foundation comes alive. According to the 2016 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) […]

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DCLT in NECD: A new friend to the community

By Chrissy Murphy

  In December 2016, Northeast Central Durham had a new friend arrive in the community. It happened quietly, as existing landlords attempted to sell their properties. The Durham Community Land Trustees purchased the properties and started working on emergency repairs and community revitalization. What sets DCLT apart from other new landlords is that, instead of […]

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ACRA helps Durham community members living with HIV and AIDS

By Mckenna Lea

April 19, 2017

After 30 years of service in the Durham community, the AIDS Community Residence Association (ACRA) has helped many individuals and their families live with HIV and AIDS. Located in South Durham, ACRA Durham provides education and innovative housing for their residents. ACRA currently has two “scattered site” housing facilities which allows residents to live more […]

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CASA housing development unveiled for eleven veterans experiencing homelessness

By Mary Alta Feddeman

December 1, 2014

On the coldest day of 2014 thus far, a few hundred people gathered on the morning of Nov. 18 to celebrate the completion of a new housing development: the Denson Apartments for Veterans. The construction of the apartment building, located at 1598 Sedgefield St., was overseen and managed by CASA, an organization that builds low-cost […]

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DHA hopes to revitalize Southeast Central Durham community

By Amber Buford and Jordan Bailey

September 17, 2014

  By Jordan Bailey, UNC Staff Writer; and Amber Buford, NCCU Staff Writer The Durham Housing Authority hopes to receive some federal money for much needed renovations to low income housing communities next year. The federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) aims to provide neighborhoods across the United States with a portion of the funds needed […]

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Durham plans renovation of McDougald Terrace

By Christopher Moore

April 16, 2014

  By the end of October, residents of McDougald Terrace can expect to see a new community center and  new houses on Goley Street. Twenty new apartments and two stand-alone homes are under construction for the Goley Point Development, said Shannon McLean, development director of the Durham Housing Authority. Fourteen of the apartments are public […]

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Makeover planned for historic home in Northgate Park

By Myava Mitchell

April 13, 2014

A historic home in Northgate Park that once housed a children’s museum but has been empty for two years will transform into art next month. Durham artists will memorialize the home at 404 W. Lavender Ave through a Durham Parks and Recreation volunteer project. Occasional flooding has left the city-owned property in decay and poor […]

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Free smoke alarms make Durham homes safer

By Myava Mitchell

February 23, 2014

More than 75 homes in Durham received free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, thanks to the Durham Fire Department’s statewide “Alarm for Life” program. On Feb. 6, firefighters visited Dupree, Concord, Moline Street, and Dunstan Street to install 16 smoke alarms. They also changed and checked alarms, if needed. They helped identify potential fire hazards within a home, as well. “We aren’t typically called before […]

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