Piedmont Housing Alliance
The Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) is a non-profit organization that provides home-buyer education and creates housing opportunities for low- to moderate-income families and individuals in the communities served by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.
- 1 Mission and values
- 2 Projects
- 3 Multi-Family Projects
- 4 Single Family Homes
- 5 Funding
- 6 Apartment Management
- 7 Design Marathon
- 8 Chief Executive Officer
- 9 Board of Directors
- 10 Previous Board of Directors
- 11 Former Personnel
- 12 External Links
- 13 References
Mission and values
At an April 2018 retreat, Board and staff members adjusted the organization’s mission and values to reflect the organization’s commitment to promoting equity and housing affordability in the community. The updated mission is: “Piedmont Housing Alliance creates affordable housing opportunities and fosters community through education, lending, and equitable development.”
PHA was established in 1997 as a Community Housing Development Organization and in 2001 it was certified by the U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). As a CDFI, PHA recently[when?] received a $1 million grant from the federal government for down payment assistance and qualifies for another $700,000 pending proof that PHA has more projects at the "shovel-ready" stage.
PHA is certified as a Housing Counseling Agency by HUD and Freddie Mac and more than 3,000 families have gone through the counseling. Over 500 families have gone through the homeownership education process with PHA and gone on to purchase a home. Additionally, PHA manages the Charlottesville Housing Fund’s asset base.
Since its inception, PHA has built and rehabilitated homes in Crozet, Starr Hill and Hinton Avenue. The 10th and Page project recently[when?] rehabilitated, completed or assisted thirty-one homes, helping provide low mortgage rates to struggling homeowners. Additionally, PHA helped to build the Hope Community Center on 11th street.
Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) is a not-for-profit housing developer and certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). As a multi-family developer using federal tax credits, PHA preserves and create new affordable rental housing serving low-income households. For some of these complexes, Piedmont Housing also provides ongoing Property Management Services. 
Friendship Court Apartments
Refer to main article: Friendship Court A community of 150 apartments on 11.75 acres in 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. Since then, Piedmont Housing has been a minority partner in the ownership of the property, coordinating services for the 150 families and the 266 children who reside there. 418 Garrett St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
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. Friendship Court Apartments are managed by Edgewood Management.
In 2018, Piedmont Housing and National Housing Trust are planning for a "transformational" mixed-income redevelopment.
In 2019, PHA received $50,000 from Bank of America as the inaugural recipient of the Neighborhood Champions Program in Charlottesville. The money is slated to pay for workforce development efforts at Friendship Court.  
Woods Edge Senior Living
Senior living apartment facility, located off of Rio Road in Albemarle County, is comprised of 97 one and two bedroom units managed by Alliance Management since 2017. Providing housing for seniors 55 and older. Located at 829 Mallside Forest Court, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Woods Edge Senior Living
Monticello Vista Apartments
Apartments, located in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville, building was originally a shirt factory that was converted to affordable housing. The 50 unit apartment complex, renovated in December of 2009, was financed through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and provides housing for seniors 55 and older and for people with disabilities. 1400 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Monticello Vista Apartments are managed by Alliance Management.
Cynthianna Avenue Duplex
Apartment building with six (6) one and two bedroom apartment units in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Charlottesville. Built in 1967 (2-Story Multi-family; Gross Area: 3,544; Acreage:0.00 ; Impervious Area: 3,917 sq. ft; Zoned: R-1S). 802 Cynthianna Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Cynthianna Avenue Duplex are managed by Alliance Management.
Virnita Court Apartments
Apartment building with 16 one and two bedroom apartments, located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Charlottesville. Built in 1966 (2-Story Multi-family building; Gross Area: 11, 108; Acreage: 23,478.84 square feet; Impervious Area: 19,800 sq. ft., Zoned: R-3). 800 Rose Hill Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Virnita Court Apartments are managed by Alliance Management.
Timberlake Place Apartments
Located in the Woolen Mills neighborhood of Charlottesville, is comprised of 27 one and two bedroom units for seniors 55 and older. Piedmont Housing Alliance began managing Timberlake Place Apartments in 2016 in a partnership with JABA (Jefferson Area Board for Aging). 1518 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Virnita Court Apartments are managed by Alliance Management.
Ryan School Apartments
Located in Shipman, VA, provides 32 one and two bedroom apartments or efficiencies for seniors 62 and older and for people with disabilities. Piedmont Housing Alliance began managing Ryan School Apartments in 2016 in a partnership with JABA (Jefferson Area Board for Aging). 105 Ryan Circle, Shipman, VA 22971. Ryan School Apartments
Scottsville School Apartments
The Scottsville School Apartments (Scottesville, VA, Albemarle County) transformed an historic school property into 34 homes for seniors 55 and older and for people with disabilities. The renovation project was funded through the Historic Rehab Tax Credit and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs, and received weatherization funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The project was completed in November 2012, with a dedication held on Dec. 6, 2012. Located at 300 Page St, Scottsville, VA 24590. Scottsville School Apartments are managed by Alliance Management.
Multi-family homes for 66 senior residents who are 55 and older and for people with disabilities, Crozet Meadows comprises fourplex and duplex buildings on a 27 acre site in Crozet, VA. Completed in the summer of 2010, the Crozet Meadows Apartments were financed through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, along with over a dozen other sources of financing. The homes were built to EarthCraft green building standards and to Universal Design standards of accessibility. 5735 Meadows Dr, Crozet, VA 22932. Crozet Meadows are managed by Alliance Management.
The Meadowlands Apartments
A 30-unit apartment building that provides affordable housing for seniors 62 and older and for people with disabilities and is home to 31 people whose rent payments are affordable for their fixed incomes. The Meadowlands Apartments underwent an extensive renovation of the property which began in the summer of 2015 and was completed March of 2016. 5735 Meadows Dr, Crozet, VA 22932. The Meadowlands Apartments are managed by Alliance Management.
Single Family Homes
A 244-home sub-division in Albemarle County. The pilot project was intended to "show how to get proffered affordable homes to market." PHA partnered with local developer Insignia and local builder Stanley Martin Homes and built six homes that were sold as workforce housing to teachers and other public service employees.
While PHA receives funding from both Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, this funding is typically leveraged 10:1 by matching grants or in-kind donations. This means that for the $150,000 given to PHA by the City each year, $1.5 million worth of projects are completed.
Alliance Management, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Piedmont Housing Alliance, has a total of 358 apartments under management in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The following apartments are managed by Alliance Management:
- City of Charlottesville
- Monticello Vista Apartments
- Virnita Court Apartments
- Cynthianna Avenue Duplex
- Timberlake Place Apartments
- Albemarle County
- Crozet Meadows Apartments
- Meadowlands Apartments
- Scottsville School Apartments
- Woods Edge
- Nelson County
- Ryan School Apartments
The following apartments are managed by Edgewood Management:
- City of Charlottesville
- Friendship Court Apartments
Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors
Current Board of Directors as of December 30, 2018 
- Jay Bartlow
- Leontyne Clay Peck
- Barbara Brown Wilson, Vice President
- Beth Meyer
- Caroline Brennan
- Crystal Napier
- Dave Paulson, Treasurer
- Diana Burruss, Secretary
- Frank Stoner, President
- George Johnson
- Hunter Smith
- Karen Barnes
- Ken Shevlin
- Marjorie Adam
- Oliver Platts-Mills
- Patina Blakey
- Robert Scott
- Ron Enders
- Satyendra Huja
Previous Board of Directors
List of previous members of the Board of Directors as of September 26, 2014 
- Web. official site, Piedmont Housing Alliance
- Web. Multi-Family Projects, Piedmont Housing Alliance, retrieved December 31, 2017.
- Web. Neighborhood Champion Award Will Allow Piedmont Housing to do More Good, Blog Post, Piedmont Housing Alliance, October 23, 2019, retrieved October 27, 2019.
- Web. Philanthropy initiative selects PHA for inaugural grant, News Staff, News Article, CBS19 News, October 18, 2019, retrieved October 27, 2019.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, May 5, 2003.
- Web. Welcome to New CEO, Sunshine Mathon, Piedmont Housing Alliance, retrieved December 31, 2018.
- Web. Our Board, Piedmont Housing Alliance, retrieved December 30, 2018.
- Web. Our Board, Piedmont Housing Alliance, retrieved 09 Oct. 2014.