Community and Business Development

The Community and Business Development Department promotes a holistic approach to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Winston-Salem so they can enjoy livable neighborhoods and increase their opportunities for self-sufficiency. Our focus is revitalizing and stabilizing disadvantaged and deteriorating neighborhoods, facilitating economic development opportunities, developing housing and neighborhood revitalization plans and programs that accurately reflect and address local needs and conditions.

News and Updates

Recommendations for Street Performance Guidelines

City Council Members have expressed interest in the City of Winston-Salem exploring options and parameters for permitting street performers within downtown. The city’s intent is to facilitate the ability of street performers to perform in certain public spaces while balancing the needs of people that live, work, and visit downtown.

Based on input received at two public input sessions held in November and from benchmarking other communities, city staff developed a list of recommendations. 

Recommended Guidelines document [pdf]

Housing Development

The Housing Development Division develops housing and neighborhood revitalization plans and programs that accurately reflect local needs and conditions and the desired strategies and outcomes of our citizens, and coordinates the implementation and administration of these adopted plans and programs.

Business Development

The Business Development Division monitors and promotes economic development opportunities throughout the city utilizing a series of related programs to provide concentrated assistance to targeted areas and groups. We focus on enhancing the quality of life by attracting, creating, and retaining jobs; augmenting the tax base; and assisting small and minority-owned businesses.

Housing Rehabilitation

This program provides financial and technical assistance to qualified owner-occupants and investors to repair substandard properties. In targeted areas, low- and moderate-income owner- occupants are eligible for direct and deferred payment loans, and investor-owners are eligible for direct payment loans to repair single-family dwellings. Investors are also eligible for direct payment loans to repair multifamily properties citywide. Housing Rehabilitation is also responsible for the Emergency Repair Assistance, Architectural Barrier Removal Assistance (Handicap Assistance), the Lead Safe Program and Section 3 Construction Training Program.


The City of Winston Salem has been awarded a three year 1.1 million grant for YouthBuild. The purpose of YouthBuild is to unleash the positive energy of unemployed young adults to rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family.

To be eligible, students must be between the ages of 16 and 24 years, and have dropped out of high school. Additionally, eligible participants must meet at least one of the following criteria: current or former foster youth, a youth offender, an adult offender, a youth with a disability, a migrant farm worker youth, a child of an incarcerated parent, or a low-income youth. For further information contact Antonio McKoy, YouthBuild Program Manager, at (336)734-1283.

Code Enforcement

Provides consolidated enforcement of local ordinances relating to nuisance violations for:

  • Housing - to protect public health, safety and general welfare;
  • Environmental - to enforce sanitation codes relating to weeded lots, shrubbery, solid waste in yards and curbside trash;
  • Animal and Fowl - to enforce the sanitation code concerning animals, shelter and fencing, prohibited practices, and sanitary handling and disposal of manure;
  • Abandoned Vehicle - Identification and removal of abandoned vehicles on city streets and private property.
Community Services

Community Services provides relocation assistance to households and businesses displaced by government action and conducts various community outreach and home counseling programs.  Assistance is also provided to the code enforcement officers when they encounter broad neighborhood problems that require citizen involvement in correcting the problems.

Latest News

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014
Community and Business Development - Oct. 17, 2014 The city’s Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise Program is o...
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