Housing and Neighborhoods
Larry Jarvis, AICP, joined the City of Raleigh in 2014 as Director of the Housing and Neighborhoods Department, which combines three divisions: Community Development, Community Engagement and Code Enforcement. He is a seasoned housing professional with more than 37 years of experience in community development and affordable housing, real estate development and neighborhood revitalization/redevelopment.
Larry understands the importance of affordable decent housing and stable neighborhoods for a healthy city. He brings a strong background in neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment, including outreach and community engagement, land acquisition and relocation. He has a thorough knowledge of state enabling legislation related to affordable housing, community development, redevelopment, and planning and code enforcement. In addition, he brings more than 25 years of experience in the administration of HUD-funded programs, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) and Continuum of Care.
Larry began his career as a housing planner with the city of Tampa, where he was responsible for the Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan and Tampa’s first Systematic Code Enforcement Plan. He joined the private sector as the planning coordinator for Exxon’s Friendswood Development Company in Houston, where he oversaw the programming and master planning of land development projects ranging from 3,000 to 15,000 acres.
A North Carolina native, he returned to make his home in Raleigh in the mid-1980s, and became director of Development Services for the Wooten Company, administering CDBG grants for many non-entitlement communities across the state. He then accepted the position of Assistant Director of the City of Durham’s Community Development Department, where he worked before joining the City of Raleigh. In Durham, he was instrumental in creating the vision, implementation strategy and multiyear/multisource funding plan for the Southside Revitalization Project.
Larry received a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill.