Affordable Housing

The division of Housing & Community Services promotes long term citywide affordable housing through various programs and activities, which are carried out through non-profit and for-profit partners. Efforts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating and preserving affordable homeownership opportunities
  • Creating safe, decent & affordable rental housing options for all citizens
  • Providing services that promote greater access to affordable housing citywide
  • Create and analyze plans and reports to promote affordable housing initiatives

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Housing Study and Affordable Housing Coalition 

In 2018 the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County procured a housing study to better understand the housing needs of our community. The study included an assessment of existing housing conditions, population characteristics, and present and future market demands. It identified potential housing gaps, as well as possible financing opportunities to address the needs.

As a result of the study, the Affordable Housing Coalition was formed to dive deeper into the study and work towards finding strategies to:

  • Improve the quality and increase the quantity of affordable housing
  • Equip people to better afford and access housing
  • Assist in the development of additional strategies to support affordable homeownership opportunities
  • Help to promote opportunities related to affordable housing like open houses, housing information workshops, RFPs, and surveys
  • Help to identify and secure sustainable, long-term resources for affordable housing

The group began meeting mid-2019 and will prepare a report annually for Council to highlight the program and initiatives that has addressed the list above.

Housing Study & Needs Assessment 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Housing Study and Needs Assessment (PDF)

Temporary Financial Assistance Agencies

List of Temporary Financial Assistance Agencies in Winston-Salem (PDF)

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