Community Development

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Pandemic Housing/Utilities Assistance: Low-income city residents who are behind on their mortgage, rent or utilities because of the pandemic may be eligible for assistance under the Rent, Utilities and Mortgage Assistance program. Applications are now being accepted. Go to the RUMA page for complete details and a link to the application portal.

The Community 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, as well as developing housing and neighborhood revitalization plans and programs that accurately reflect and address local needs and conditions.

Keeping Chickens in Winston-Salem

City residents are allowed to keep chickens and other fowl on their property. 
Here are a few rules and ordinances at a glance.