Friendship Court

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Friendship Court is a 150-unit low-income apartment complex subsidized by vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The site is jointly owned by the National Historic Trust and the Piedmont Housing Alliance until their contract is up at the end of 2032. [1] [citation needed]

A draft plan was released in June 16, 2016. [2] The project is since under review and will likely change as 2018 gets underway. [citation needed]

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Redevelopment by Piedmont Housing Alliance

The Piedmont Housing Alliance is expected to redevelop the nearly 12 acre site and has been working towards these efforts for year. In March 2016 they announced they had received a $100,000 grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation. [3] City government gave PHA a $350,000 for the effort. [4]

The firm Stantec created the master plan. [5]

An informational video on the redevelopment project by PHA released January 2017[6]:

The architectural firm Grimm and Parker was hired in March 2017 to implement the plan. [7] As part of the plan, PHA is proposing amenities such as an early childhood program and a daycare. [8]

Advisory Committee

A 14-member advisory committee has been created to oversee redevelopment efforts.

  • Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Council
  • Mike Murphy, Assistant City Manager
  • Bill Edgerton, AIA of the Oak Hill Fund
  • Sarah McLean, RN of the Adiuvans Foundation
  • Daphne Kaiser, PhD, principal of Clark Elementary School
  • Kevin White, National Housing Trust
  • Myrtle Houchens, a former resident and a member of First Baptist Church

Residents were elected from among current tenants.

  • Sheri Hopper, Resident
  • Crystal Johnson, Resident
  • Zafar Khan, Resident
  • Betty Lowry, Resident
  • Yolanda Ross, Resident
  • Quanelius Tinsley, Resident
  • Tamara Wright, Resident

Sponsorship agreement for additional police coverage

Since 2005, the company has paid a donation to the Charlottesville Police Department in exchange for additional patrols in and around the community. Under the terms of this "sponsorship agreement", police officers looking for over-time can participate in this shift. In FY2011, the amount is $88,522[9]



  1. Web. Temporary housing: Will Friendship Court stay affordable without federal funding?, Laura Ingles, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, May 28, 201, retrieved May 28, 2013. Print. May 28, 2013 .
  2. Web. Draft master plan for Friendship Court revealed, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 16, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  3. Web. Piedmont Housing Alliance gets grant for Friendship Court engagement, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, March 8, 2016, retrieved December 31, 2016.
  4. Web. Council set to adopt SIA action plan, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 3, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. Web. Friendship Court architect: Urban density increases vibrancy, but must be made equitable, Aaron Richardson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 10, 2016, retrieved June 26, 2017.
  6. Web. [1], Piedmont Housing Alliance, 4 Jan 2017, retrieved 4 Jan 2017.
  7. Web. Architectural firm hired for Friendship Court redevelopment, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 13, 2017, retrieved December 28, 2017.
  8. Web. Friendship Court planning early childhood, workforce development programs, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 31, 2017, retrieved December 28, 2017.
  9. Shifflett, David. FY2011 Friendship Court Sponsorship Agreement - $88,522. Rep. Charlottesville Tomorrow's Document Archive. Web. 19 July 2010. <>.