Neighborhood Revitalization

The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is Habitat’s holistic investment in East Durham, the site of our first house in 1985. NRI not only addresses housing needs in the neighborhood, but it also improves residents' overall quality of life. Habitat for Humanity of Durham is joining East Durham residents, nonprofits, businesses, the City of Durham and faith communities to create permanent and positive change for the neighborhood and its 4,300 residents.

Proven investments in East Durham

In 2012, Durham Habitat partnered with 20 families to build new and rehabilitated homes in East Durham. That investment put $400,000 in the hands of local employees, businesses, and municipal government. Over the next 10 years, those investments will will yield $4.14 million for the community.

How we revitalize neighborhoods

NRI model

Building community as a convener: We partner with the East Durham Children's Initiative and Old East Durham Communities in Partnership to convene community conversations addressing neighborhood issues and crafting a shared vision for the neighborhood.

Building new, energy-efficient homes: We build new homes in East Durham on top of lots that have lain empty for years. Since 1985, we have built nearly 100 homes in East Durham, keeping with historic architectural themes. 

Rehabilitation of abandoned properties: We rehabilitate vacant and foreclosed properties, many of which are historic homes that have been abandoned for years, for Habitat homeowners

Home repairs for low-income neighbors: Through our critical repairs and "A Brush with Kindness" programs, we help existing East Durham homeowners stay in their homes and beautify the neighborhood. 

Habitat Success Stories

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."