The North Carolina Development Initiative and its strategic partner, the North Carolina Housing Coalition, are laying the groundwork for community transformation through the Rocky Mount Revitalization Initiative. Working collaboratively with the city, county, and housing and economic development nonprofits, the Initiative is purchasing vacant and dilapidated housing, rehabilitating these properties while preserving the history and architecture of the homes, and documenting both the financial and non-financial returns on these community investments. The Rocky Mount Revitalization Initiative’s work is driven by the following goals:

  • Create additional affordable housing, particularly for those vulnerable to gentrification
  • Recommission vacant property and transform communities
  • Partner with local government and nonprofits working in the housing and economic sectors
  • Test a model that might be replicated in other North Carolina cities experiencing housing shortages

The Rocky Mount Revitalization Initiative is led by Lea Henry, a Rocky Mount resident and longtime leader in community and economic development. For more information on this work, contact Lea at or 919.835.6000.

Many thanks to our sponsors

BB&T Oak Foundation Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Wells Fargo Triangle Community Foundation PNC Suntrust Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust NeighborWorks America