Our Community’s Need
DCLT has 0% vacancy for low-income residents at present in Durham.
There is currently a 12-month waitlist for rentals, which underscores the gravely important need for low-cost, affordable rent in Durham.
“There is nowhere in this country where someone earning minimum wage ($7.25/hr) can rent a two-bedroom apartment” — The National Low Income Housing Coalition
In North Carolina, $15.79/hr is required to afford a two-bedroom rental home.
A super-heated local market is rapidly displacing low-income, predominantly African-American and Latin@ residents – and the housing they can afford – from central neighborhoods in Durham. DCLT is struggling to respond to the rapid, publicly incentivized and market driven demographic transformation of the neighborhoods we serve.
To restrain the displacement of low-income, especially African American and Latin@ renters and home owners is certainly the challenge of the decade ahead.
DCLT’s goal is to avoid displacement for vulnerable individuals and families who want to live in a neighborhood with bus service near jobs, schools, parks, services and public facilities downtown.