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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Honors Vita!

Stamford’s Vita Health & Wellness District, a partnership of Charter Oak Communities (COC), Stamford Hospital and the City of Stamford, was selected to receive a 2015 “Action Award” from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program. With this support, COC and its community partners will strengthen the District by building a healthier community, vigorous provider support, and equitable access to services and improved opportunities for residents. Please, click here, to read more.

Our Newest Community: Greenfield Dedication

The official dedication of Greenfield, Charter Oak Communities’ newest, 45-unit mixed-income community, was celebrated May 6th along with a large crowd of partners, stakeholders and well wishers. Greenfield is the third phase of the Vidal Court revitalization, preceded by COC’s Palmer Square and Westwood communities. It is part of COC’s ongoing community-development efforts on the City’s West Side, in cooperation with Stamford Hospital and Vita Health and Wellness initiative’s Community Collaborative. Please, click here, to read the Stamford Advocate article.

Public Notice – HCV Waitlist

Charter Oak Communities (COC) has closed their application process for Preliminary Applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (formerly known as the Section 8 Program) as previously advertised.

COC will use a Random-Draw Lottery System to determine the order of each pre-application on the waiting list, and a maximum of 500 pre-applications will be drawn.  Those chosen in the lottery will be notified by mail no later than May 31, 2015.  All disqualified and remaining applications not selected will be discarded with no further notice.  Therefore, if you do not receive a letter by May 31, 2015, your pre-application was not drawn.

Please do not call Charter Oak Communities for status information. If your pre-application is selected you will be informed of your status by mail only.  If your legal or mailing address changes, you must notify Charter Oak Communities in writing to maintain your waiting list status.



Charter Oak Communities – Come Share the Vision
Welcome to Charter Oak Communities (COC), formerly the Stamford Housing Authority, which provides attractive, affordable homes for thousands of Stamford residents comprising a wide range of demographics and needs. COC is a leading advocate and champion for innovative, creative partnerships that are redefining public-assisted housing communities in Connecticut and across America.

Through visionary leadership, innovative financing arrangements, astute human relations and comprehensive partnerships with local, state and Federal government and the private sector, COC is changing Stamford’s landscape – literally as well as figuratively – by replacing the aged models of public housing that often became a blight on cities with modern, attractive communities that are welcome additions to their residents, neighbors and neighborhoods.

See what we’ve accomplished – and the new communities we’re now building – by visiting About COC under the Our Roots tab.



Fairgate Farm is now in its fourth growing season ­– and it’s not just the crops that are growing bigger and better!  In 2014 we grew more than three-and-a-half tons of organic fruits and vegetables, enjoyed not only by the 100+ volunteers who worked at the farm but also shared with residents of the Scofield Manor residential care facility, the New Covenant House Soup Kitchen and other Stamford-based community agencies. Our plans for 2015 include new ethnic gardens (we’re open to requests!) and an expanded schedule of workshops and special events.

Thus far, our calendar includes the 2nd Annual Farm Jam Strawberry Festival (May 30); our six-week Farm-to-Table Workshops, starting in mid-July and, as always, a Harvest Festival to mark the end of the growing season in mid-October.

If you’re interested in volunteering, we’d love to hear from you! We have regular Open Farm hours Monday – Thursday and Saturdays, 8 am to noon and if those hours don’t work for you, let us know what does and we’ll try to accommodate. For more information, contact us at or check us out at