Vacant Lots for Affordable Housing

In June 2022, the City of Winston Salem adopted two ordinances supporting the development of affordable housing throughout the community. The objective of the ordinances is to create a program that is intentional about the sale or lease of city-owned properties for the creation of affordable housing.

The “Affordable Housing Program” and the “Housing Justice Act” ordinances effectively establish and define the city-programs related to this endeavor. City staff compiled a “Map Book” of properties that are available for sale or lease to entities wanting to develop affordable housing. The Map Book includes preselected parcels from the City’s surplus-property inventory with a focus on suitability for affordable housing development. The Map Book link, noted below, includes a list of parcels, maps and additional information for select City sites available for disposal.

Web Map Book-Revised August 2023

Thanks for your interest in supporting the City’s efforts to increase affordable housing opportunities. For questions about the acquisition process or additional parcel information, please contact the City’s Real Estate Department at 336-734-1291. For questions relating to specific conditions and requirements of the City’s Affordable Housing program, please contact Tanya Skillman – Housing and Development Manager in the Housing Development Department at 336-734-1258.

For more information concerning development resources and applying for City funding, see the link below.

Developers Toolkit


The information contained in this site has been compiled from Forsyth County tax records, recorded deeds, plats, and other public records. The City of Winston-Salem cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information, and the city hereby disclaims all warranties, including warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Users should consult the primary sources, as well as personal inspection, to verify information contained herein and should not rely upon this site for the accuracy of such information. The City of Winston-Salem shall not be liable to any party for any damages relating to the use of the information.