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Building Stronger Neighborhoods


Expanding Affordable Housing and Homeownership

In North Carolina, we have built or rehabilitated more than 200 affordable homes for low-income families. We've also built a 32-unit senior-living facility and revived a suburban subdivision that was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. Currently we are rehabilitating a former textile mill, turning it into a major mixed-use development that will include 142 apartments.

Self-Help has also been participating in the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) since 2010. Through this program, we combine federal dollars with our own funds to provide financing for affordable housing developers in targeted communities. Learn more about our NSP activities.

Revitalizing Walltown

In 1994, Self-Help began a process of deep community engagement and major revitalization in Walltown, a Durham, North Carolina neighborhood that was struggling with economic and physical decline. During a decade of work, we built or rehabilitated 77 affordable homes for low-income families. A host of partners and volunteers also participated to improve many different aspects of the Walltown community.

The transformation has been remarkable. Crime has fallen, homeownership rates have increased, and property values have risen. An array of partners continue long-term investment in the community that will continue to pay off.

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Children playing in Durham’s Walltown neighborhood. Working in partnership with Duke University, Self-Help invested in Walltown to create safe, affordable housing for first-time home buyers.