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Durham Launches New Website and Courthouse Office Dedicated to Second Chances and Driver’s License Restorations

New Website,, to Help Residents Regain Driving Privileges

DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents in need of help expunging charges and convictions and restoring their driving privileges now have a new program to help them get back on their feet.

According to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, approximately 1-in-5 adults in Durham County have a revoked or suspended driver’s license. According to data from the City of Durham Innovation Team (I-Team), 80 percent of those with revoked or suspended licenses are African American and Hispanic, and many of the these suspensions stem from unpaid tickets that are on average 16 years old with some more than 30 years old. 

Beginning today, the City of Durham-funded Durham Expunction and Restoration (DEAR) Program is officially opening its new office to the public and launching a new website to help these residents restore their driving privileges, which can help remove barriers to employment and housing.

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Durham Seeks Resident Input on Food Waste and Composting

Online Survey Available Until May 31 in English and Spanish

DURHAM, N.C. – What do you think about food waste and composting? If you take the City of Durham’s new online survey, you could win a $100 Visa gift card just for sharing your thoughts.

Composting is the gathering and mixing of yard and/or food waste in order to convert it over time to crumbly, rich, brown material suitable for building better soils and growing healthier plants. A Waste Characterization Study conducted in 2015 discovered that nearly 30 percent of landfilled material from Durham residents is food and soiled paper, most of which can potentially be composted.

The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is now seeking to better understand the food waste and composting habits of city residents. To help collect this information, an online Compost Survey has been created in both English and Spanish and is now available until May 31.

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Durham Seeks User Feedback on Website Design

Online Survey Now Available Until April 30

 DURHAM, N.C. – When you visit the City of Durham website, what drives you nuts? What works well? Now’s your chance to tell us.

The City’s Office of Public Affairs and Technology Solutions Department are now evaluating for a future update, and want user feedback on areas that work well and on areas that need improvement.

A short, online survey – now available in English and Spanish – allows website visitors the opportunity to provide their input, which will be used to help City staff improve the user experience.

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A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity

2019 Community Workshop

What to do about Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including robocalls, IRS imposters and Medicare scams. While the videos are aimed at older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the tips apply to everyone.

The robovoice may claim to be a utility, a government agency, or even a foreign consulate. Don’t believe them. Instead:

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Durham Seeks Applicants for Building Improvement Grants

April 18 Deadline to Submit Applications; Public Information Session Set for March 19

Durham business owners interested in funds to help improve their building locations should now apply for a City of Durham grant opportunity.

The City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development is accepting applications for targeted areas inside the city limits for Building Improvement Grants. Proposed projects must be within the Downtown Development Tier, including Parrish Street and the Ninth Street Commercial Corridor.

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City Hall on the Go Citizenship & Government April2019

The City of Durham’s Technology Solutions Assistant Director DeWayne Kendall spoke at Lucas Middle School located at 923 Snow Hill Road. This event is part of the Citizenship and Government Out­door classroom.

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