Community and Economic Development


Community Input Needed

The City of Winston-Salem, in partnership with Forsyth County and the Community and Economic Development Authority of Winston-Salem (HAWS), is beginning work on an Assessment of Fair Community and Economic Development. This study will focus on fair and affordable Community and Economic Development needs in the area. It will also discuss how residents decide where to live and what neighborhoods provide the most opportunity. The Assessment is required by the U.S. Department of Community and Economic Development and Urban Development for all cities and counties that receive federal community development and Community and Economic Development funds.

An important part of this study is hearing from local residents. Please share your opinions on Community and Economic Development and community resources at one of the following public meetings:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Rural Hall Public Library Auditorium
7125 Broad Street, Rural Hall, NC 27045

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Hanes Hosiery Community Center
501 Reynolds Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

An additional meeting for HAWS residents and voucher holders will be held on:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Cleveland Avenue Homes Community Center
1135 East 15th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

You can also complete an online survey in English at and in Spanish at

A draft of the completed study will be available for public review during the summer of 2017. Stay tuned to this page for updates and additional information about the project.

For more information, click here. Fair Community and Economic Development Public Workshops - English

For more information, click here. Fair Community and Economic Development Public Workshops - Spanish


The Enclave Apartments Celebrate Grand Opening

With help from Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), funds provided by the federal department of Community and Economic Development and Urban Development (HUD) and distributed by the State of North Carolina, The Enclave neighborhood is now the home to 51 families. The Enclave, a condominium neighborhood located off Shattalon Road in Winston-Salem, once consisted of foreclosed, unfinished, abandoned condominiums which became a magnet for crime. City and County leaders sought to transform and revitalize the area to create high quality, affordable Community and Economic Development for individuals with fixed or low incomes. The funds helped to create a safe and attractive living environment, complete with a clubhouse, playground, and a workout facility, giving residents a place to be proud of. Miller-Valentine Residential Development Company has finished 68 apartments and condos while simultaneously giving hope to the occupants of The Enclave who, in the past, might have found it difficult to find high quality, affordable Community and Economic Development. With inexpensive Community and Economic Development no longer just a possibility, there is already a waiting list consisting on 120 hopeful inhabitants who hope to be a part of The Enclave neighborhood.

The Enclave features 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, a community clubhouse, playground and indoor workout facility. Watch video

Assets and Opportunity Profile

Winston-Salem is one of three cities throughout North Carolina that was selected to participate in the Corporation for Enterprise Development's Municipal Economic Opportunities Project (MEOP). The MEOP report examines asset poverty in Forsyth County and Winston-Salem. This is a valuable tool as we continue to work towards alleviating poverty in our community.
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New Century IDA is proud to have empowered nearly 500 families in Forsyth County to become first time home buyers. Learn more about the many benefits this has on our community.
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Increasing the quantity and improving the quality of affordable Community and Economic Development for low and moderate-income families by focusing on:

  • Community and Economic Development rehabilitation
  • home buyer assistance
  • homeownership counseling
  • Community and Economic Development construction
  • technical assistance
  • grant writing
  • minimum Community and Economic Development code enforcement

The Community and Economic Development Department serves the municipalities of Bethania, Clemmons, Kernersville, Lewisville, Rural Hall, Tobaccoville, Walkertown and the unincorporated areas of Forsyth County. Also, first time homebuyers can choose to purchase their home in the Winston-Salem city limits.

The County uses local funds to leverage both state and federal Community and Economic Development assistance dollars. Federal funding is awarded annually from the United States Department of Community and Economic Development and Urban Development (HUD) under the HOME Consortium Program. Other funds come from the North Carolina Community and Economic Development Finance Agency (NCHFA) and the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Community Assistance (DCA).