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Neighborhoods are the heart of a community and an investment in our city. Keeping our neighborhoods safe, vibrant, and healthy benefits everyone. The Housing and Neighborhoods Department has selected three areas of Raleigh to focus revitalization efforts. These neighborhoods are East College Park, Martin/Haywood, and Idlewild Avenue. Homes built in these areas will benefit low- and moderate-income families who meet HUD’s income limits. 

As part of neighborhood revitalization, the City of Raleigh has addressed aging infrastructure. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were used to fix water and sewer lines, storm drains and repave the streets. CDBG is a long running program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 



Priority Neighborhoods

East College Park

The City is partnering with six builders to develop 98 single-family homes and 51 townhome units. Sixty percent of the new homes will be reserved for income restricted buyers as defined by HUD guidelines and 40% of the homes will not have income restrictions.


The City is partnering with three builders to develop 23 single-family homes reserved for income restricted buyers as defined by HUD guidelines.



Idlewild Ave

The City partnered with two builders to develop 11 single-family homes reserved for first-time homebuyers that meet income restricts as defined by HUD guidelines.


  • Evergreen Construction
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County



Neighborhood Improvement Funds

The City provides this funding to encourage you to get involved in making your neighborhood better. The funds enable groups of neighbors to carry out projects that they have initiated and planned on their own. Get more information.

Job Training Programs

Helping to build communities is an important part of the mission of the Housing and Neighborhoods Department. There are two construction training programs for adults and youths insterested in the skills needed for entry level construction jobs.  


Construction and Carpentry

Housing and Neighborhoods partners with NC Homebuilders Association to provide three (3) seven (7) week construction courses to low-income residents. Each course teaches 10 or more students fundamental carpentry skills and upon graduation the students are ready to begin an entry level construction job. Interested participants can register for classes by contacting the N.C. Homebuilders Association at 919-676-9090 ext. 408. The 2018 classes are offered January-March, April-June, and July-September.

Youth Build

Youth Build is a partnership that will connect NCWorks (Capital Area Workforce Development Board) and NC HomeBuilder Association’s job training program to the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. The students will assist in the construction of Habitat homes in the City of Raleigh’s East College Park project.

Visit Capital Area Works for more information.

Job Fair

Community Development partners with contractors through job fairs to connect neighborhood residents with employment opportunities associated with city-sponsored projects. In compliance with Federal regulations, Section 3 and Davis Bacon, staff monitor to ensure good faith efforts are made toward local hiring and that hires receive fair wages.


Business District Improvements

Building strong neighborhoods includes thriving business districts that help to serve the surrounding community. The City funds two important programs designed to help get business up and running in targeted areas for revitalization.


Facade Improvement Grant:  Established in the 1980s to assist businesses and property owners in Raleigh’s downtown and older commercial districts, the Facade Grant Program has helped more than 100 businesses put a new “face” on the way they market their goods and services. Providing up to $10,000 in grant rebates for each project, this program makes it possible for businesses of any size to refurbish the exterior of existing buildings; restoring them to their former glory or reinventing them for exciting new directions.

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Building Upfit Grant (BUG): Grant that assists property owners and businesses with improvements, renovations, and/or additions to their interior spaces.

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