Community Development

Community Development
Community Development

The Community Development Mission

  • Support the efforts of community based non-profits and other organizations to serve low-to-moderate income at-risk youth, elderly, homeless, victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and the disabled.
  • Repairs homes and improves safety of homes that have hazards and deterioration.
  • Works with local banks to help working families purchase their first home.
  • Works with non-profit and other affordable housing developers to provide a variety of affordable housing opportunities throughout the city.
  • Provides quality rental choices for families, elderly residents, and for people with disabilities.
  • Leverages funding to support the development of affordable housing.
  • Preserves and revitalizes neighborhoods.


Community Partners/Agency Application for Funds Process

Periodically, usually biennially, the City issues a request for proposals to fund community partners working on public service, public facility and owner-occupied housing repairs programs.

Who is eligible to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME and General Funds?

  • Public non-profit organizations, including institutions of higher education
  • Private organizations
  • Government agencies

What determines the funding source for CDBG, HOME or General Funds?

This is not a simple question since the programs overlap. Here are some guidelines:

  • All assistance is limited to activities within the City of Wilmington
  • Non-Housing programs are funded with CDBG or General Funds only
  • New housing construction is funded with HOME funds only

City staff will decide which funding source is most appropriate for your project.

Programmatic Compliance

Funded organizations are responsible for periodic reporting and compliance with various federal, state and city regulations.

Download a HUD publication on Davis-Bacon Information: Making Davis-Bacon Work - A Contractor's Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements

HUD HOME Investment Partnership Program Guide for Rental Project Property Owners:

Notice of Intent to Enter into Programmatic Agreement with North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer(PDF, 248KB)

If you have any questions regarding compliance information, please contact: Chianti Johnson by phone 910.341.3236 or by email

Affordable Housing Development

Single Family, Multi-Family, Homeowner, Rental, Supportive Housing

The City of Wilmington identifies the need for workforce/affordable housing as a priority in the City's Strategic Plan. Increasing affordable housing options is a goal in the City's Five Year Consolidated Plan(PDF, 4MB). Furthermore, Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan, recognizes that Wilmington residents want a diverse and inclusive community, with high-quality housing that is available to everyone.

Limited funds may be available for the development of housing that is affordable to households earning 80% or below the Area Median Income. Funds may be used to help finance the development of new construction or rehabilitation for single -family housing for home-ownership, multi-family rental housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, etc.

Interested applicants should review the guidelines and application documents below:


Plans & Reports

Annual Action Plan

An Annual Action Plan is developed each year to carry out the strategic goals of the City of Wilmington’s Consolidated Plan. The plan provides a summary of the actions, activities, and specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the needs and goals of the city.

Annual Plans:

2023-2024 Annual Action (CURRENT)(PDF, 968KB)

Annual Action Plan FY2022-23

Annual-Action-Plan-FY2021-22(PDF, 4MB)

Annual Action Plan FY2020-21 

Annual Action Plan FY2019-20(PDF, 3MB)

Annual Action Plan FY2018-19(PDF, 1MB)

Annual Action Plan FY2016-17(PDF, 870KB)

Annual Action Plan FY2015-16(PDF, 10MB)

Annual Action Plan FY2014-15(PDF, 2MB)

Annual Action Plan FY2013-14(PDF, 2MB)


Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) reports the accomplishments and progress toward the City of Wilmington’s Consolidated Plan goals.

Read our current year CAPER along with  previous fiscal years below.

Five Year Consolidated Plan

The City of Wilmington’s Consolidated Plan spans five years and serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities. The current Consolidated plan covers fiscal years 2023 to 2027.

Five Year Consolidated Plan 2023-2028(PDF, 3MB)

Five Year Consolidated Plan 2017-2022(PDF, 4MB)