Raleigh is committed to providing affordable rental housing to residents that make less than 60% of the area median income (see chart below). To address the need for affordable rental housing, we help to fund new affordable housing and preserve existing multi-family rental properties. Additionally, the City manages an existing inventory of approximately 200 rental properties

Community Development partners with nonprofit and for-profit developers to leverage local and Federal dollars for the construction and renovation of affordable rental housing. Most large rental projects are developed through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Typically, twice a year the City puts out a “Request for Proposal” soliciting applications for LIHTC projects. Federal guidelines require that the properties must be maintained and rented to households who meet income requirements. Learn more about the process of creating affordable housing

To qualify for affordable rental housing, a Raleigh resident’s income must be 60% less than the area median income. Use this chart to see if you qualify.

Family Size HUD Income Limit
1 $38,940
2 $44,520
3 $50,100
4 $55,620
5 $60,120
6 $64,560
7 $69,000
8 $73,440


Rental Properties

Many of the city-owned rental units have been remodeled as part of the City’s commitment to revitalization of neighborhoods and communities. Housing unit options include 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. Conditions and other restrictions apply.

To learn about currently available rental properties, contact the City’s property manager, Barker Realty, Inc. at 919-859-0044 for details.

For comprehensive list of affordable housing throughout Raleigh and the rest of North Carolina, visit NC Housing Search.

Landlord Training

The City of Raleigh, in partnership with property managers and the legal community, has prepared a training course to help landlords enhance the quality of living on their properties. Rental property owners and managers, real estate agents, lawyers and others who deal with rental issues are encouraged to attend its Landlord Training Program. Get more information.

Developer/Investor Programs

If your organization is interested in producing and maintaining quality affordable rental housing for low-income households, the City may be a partner to consider.

Please email Community Development or call 919-996-4330 to be added to the “Community Development News” email list that advertises Requests for Proposals or for more information about these programs.

Tenants’ Rights & Obligations

Renting a home is a business transaction, and like any business transaction, it is important to fully understand your rights and obligations. Before you sign a lease, make sure you read and understand it. Sometimes that means you have to ask questions and, if your questions are not answered, go elsewhere.

Be sure to demand a copy of any document you sign and keep a copy for your records. It is a good idea to take photos and make notes about the move-in condition of your future residence.

If you need to refer to them in the future, they will explain or show what happened earlier, which may be useful.

To learn more about your rights and obligations as a renter download our Tenants' Rights & Obligations Handbook:
English Version 
Spanish Version

If you need assistance, these agencies are here to help.

Fair Housing Project

A Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina 1-855-797-3247 (toll free), - Provides free legal assistance to low income individuals throughout North Carolina.

NC Human Relations Commission

1-919-807-4420 or 1-866-324-7474 (toll free) - NC state agency that investigates complaints of discrimination and enforces NC’s Fair Housing Law.

NC Attorney General’s Office - Consumer Protection

1-919-716-6000; 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll free), - The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office enforces North Carolina’s consumer protection laws, which are aimed at preventing unfair or deceptive trade practices.

City of Raleigh’s Code Enforcement Division of the Housing and Neighborhoods Department

1-919-996-2444, - Inspects apartments/houses to make sure there are no violation of the Raleigh Housing Code.

North Carolina Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

1-919-677-8574 or 1-800-662-7660 (toll free). To help you locate an attorney.


Washington Terrace

Washington Terrace is an aging 23-acre, 245 unit, low-income housing project in east Raleigh and located in the City's Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area. DHIC purchased the property with the assistance of $2.1 million in City of Raleigh and is redeveloping the entire site in four phases. The first two phases are Villages at Washington Terrace (162 units for families) and Booker Park North (72 units for the elderly).