Principles of Redevelopment at Friendship Court Apartments
Introduction: The development of these principles followed Piedmont Housing Alliance’s strategic planning process for 2014–2017. In the strategic plan, Board members and staff identified the redevelopment of Friendship Court as one four major organizational goals and designated strategies to improve the quality of life for current and future residents. They envisioned an interactive and thoughtful planning process in preparation for late 2018, when it is anticipated that the Piedmont Housing Alliance will have the opportunity to acquire Friendship Court. To arrive at these principles, the Piedmont Housing Alliance CEO and the Board Chair asked the Board to participate in a series of five meetings. Communitas Consulting facilitated three of the meetings. Each meeting was structured to build upon the one before it, with the fifth meeting resulting in a unanimous decision to adopt the Friendship Court Principles.
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Background of Piedmont Housing Alliance involvement at Friendship Court Apartments
In 2002, Piedmont Housing Alliance partnered with the National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation (“NHTE”) to purchase and renovate what was then called Garrett Square. It was a low income housing complex that had been plagued by deteriorating properties and high crime rates.
Piedmont Housing and NHTE, together with local partners, raised the funds for refurbishment, which was accomplished with the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. At the completion of renovation, Piedmont Housing entered into a commitment for 150 homes to remain affordable for 30 years. NHTE currently coordinates property management for Friendship Court.
Since 2010, Piedmont Housing Alliance has provided coordination of services at the Friendship Court Apartments through the community’s HUD-certified Neighborhood Network Center.
For questions about Friendship Court, please contact our Community Organizer, Claudette Grant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-295-9794.
Our partners include:
Charlottesville Dept. of Parks and Recreation – Parks and Rec Games, Tournaments, holiday parties, homework help, health and wellness activities and education;
ReadyKids ReadyKids (formerly Children Youth and Family Services) Parenting Group–teaching and learning with 0-5 year olds; socialization for children and caregivers; nutrition education and cooking experience
Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville UACC-on site garden run by “Farmer Todd” Niemeier
First Baptist Church, Main Street, Kids’ Café program during the summer with healthy snacks at the Community Center. The success of this program led to monthly community dinner programs. The church coordinator for Kids’ Café is a former Friendship Court resident
Portico Church after school tutoring
ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center Holiday toy drive
Students at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, Holiday toy drive
Piedmont Virginia Community College, STEM Classes at the Friendship Court Computer Lab
We would like to thank the following supporters of our work to make Friendship Court a healthy learning environment:
Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band in the CACF
J&E Berkley Fund