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.