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Economic & Community Development

Mission Statement

The Economic & Community Development Department administers the federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Grant and is committed to providing quality service and opportunities to citizens in need of decent, safe and affordable housing; supporting entrepreneurship through loans, grants and programs that result in job opportunities for low to moderate-income citizens and the expansion of the City's tax base.


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Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission

The Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission is appointed as the primary citizen participation mechanism for projects planned and implemented through the City's Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs. The Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission formulates and recommends policy to the City Council on housing and community and economic development issues with emphasis on older, declining lower income neighborhoods; and plans and implements the City's Community Development programs.

Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission members:

  • Steven Barnard
  • Sharisia Jones
  • Jose Coker
  • Lee Johnson, Jr.
  • Monica Luongo
  • Carlos Swinger
  • Tisha Waddell


The following is information for assistance with Disaster Relief:

FEMA - Contact information

Fayetteville-Cumberland County Housing Short-Term Housing

resource guide hurricane matthew assistance food shelter clothing

Hurricane Matthew Community Resource Guide


Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool

Disaster Recovery Program

This program will offer an unsecured deferred, interest-free loan up to $29,999 for essential home repairs.  The home must be located within the city limits of Fayetteville and be owner occupied.  All applicants must be income eligible and must not exceed 100% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the City of Fayetteville (see income guidelines on the back of the brochure). Click here to download brochure:

 Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool-Disaster Recovery Program

For more information call about this program (910) 433-1590



Programs and Services

Community Development Programs

The Economic & Community Development Department seeks to build strong and vibrant communities through the following programs:

  • Beautification Program
  • Water and Sewer Assessment Assistance Program
  • Neighborhood Resource Centers

Community Investment Programs

Community Investment is a division of the Economic & Community Development Department and provides economic opportunities for small businesses within the Fayetteville city limits. It seeks to create positive community investment situations resulting in job opportunities for low to moderate income persons and expansion of the tax base. We provide loan and grant program information to stimulate economic growth in the City of Fayetteville. These programs include:

  • Business Assistance Loan Program
  • Commercial Exterior Improvement Grant Program
  • Small Business Retention Grant Program
  • Small Business Development and Grant Program

Housing Programs

The Economic & Community Development Department provides services and opportunities to citizens in need of decent, safe and affordable housing. In order to meet these needs, the department offers these programs:

  • Investor-Owner Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
  • Owner-Occupant Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
  • Acquisition and Demolition Program
  • Emergency Home Repair Program
  • Mobile Home Urgent Repair Program
  • Essential Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool Disaster Recovery Program
  • Target Area Revitalization Program

Homeless Services

The Economic & Community Development Department continues to support homeless shelter providers through the following programs:


For more information, contact the Economic & Community Development Department at (910) 433-1590.



Victor Sharpe, Economic & Community Development Director


Victor is the Economic & Community Development Director for the City of Fayetteville, in which he has served since December 2003. Prior to being promoted to this position, he held the position of Planning Services Manager with the City. He has 28 years of local government experience.

Victor began his career as a Community Development Planner for the City of Elizabeth City and worked there for eight years.  While in Elizabeth City he was promoted to the position of Planning Director, in which he held for four years prior to moving to Fayetteville. He also served as Interim City Manager for a brief period during his tenure there.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University. He is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners.  

A native of Pinetops, NC, Victor resides in Fayetteville with his wife Natalie.  

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