Friendship Court Apartments is a community of 150 apartments on 11.75 acres in the heart of Charlottesville’s downtown and in the middle of the City’s Strategic Investment Area (SIA). Formerly known as Garrett Square, the property was built in 1978 with project-based Section 8 assistance. In 2002, Piedmont Housing Alliance and National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation (NHT/E) partnered to acquire and renovate the property, preserving this important community of affordable housing then at risk of conversion to market rate housing. Since then, Piedmont Housing has been a minority partner in the ownership of the property, coordinating services for the 150 families and the 250 children who reside there. As a minority partner, we have had no active part in the management or operation of the property.

Later in 2019, Piedmont Housing will become the managing partner for the community, and will have decision-making authority with regard to property management, services, and the business affairs of the partnership, and will have the opportunity to acquire the property.

This provides Piedmont Housing with a unique opportunity to work with residents, neighbors, stakeholders, and the City to create an inclusive, vibrant vision for the future of Friendship Court. Since February 2016, the Friendship Court Advisory Committee, with nine elected resident members, has led the community planning.

While its residents have economic challenges, with 85% single parent households and a median household income of $14,000, Friendship Court is home to a vibrant community and resilient families with valuable life experiences that will guide the design for a brighter future.