News & Events

COC Awarded Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator Grant

Charter Oak Communities has been awarded a Housing Choice Voucher Grant in the amount of $67,524 to assist residents receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8 Housing) to gain access to education, job training and employment.  HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) helps public housing authorities to hire or retain more than 1,000 service coordinators who work directly with families to connect them to the supportive services that meet their individual needs and help them to become gainfully employed.  COC offers this program in partnership with Family Centers.  Service coordinators work directly with residents to connect them with local organizations that provide education, job training and placement opportunities, as well as childcare, counseling, transportation and computer and financial literacy services available in their community.  These services provide critical assistance to residents as they move toward self-sufficiency and improved financial status.

Charter Oak Communities Begins Construction of Greenfield, its New Mixed-Income Community in Stamford

Charter Oak Communities (Housing Authority of the City of Stamford) hosted a formal groundbreaking ceremony on August 14 for Greenfield, a 45-unit mixed-income residential development to be built on Merrell Avenue, in Stamford (14 to 100 Merrell Ave.). The project will be completed by fall 2014.  Greenfield is the third phase of the Vidal Court revitalization.  Of Greenfield’s 45 mixed-income housing units, 27 will be rented to low- or moderate-income households and be designated as replacement housing for Vidal Court. The remaining 18 units will be designated for market-rate households.

Redevelopment Plan for Vidal Court

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Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP)

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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.

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We had another productive year at Fairgate Farm.  We appreciate the 1,100+ volunteer hours contributed by neighborhood residents – including 500 “youth hours” and 20 hours of corporate help!  We had 81 volunteers altogether – including three high school interns and two teens performing community service.

Our volunteers and community members participated in our harvest, taking home more than 1,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables after working in our gardens.

We also donated more than 2,400 pounds of fresh produce to soup kitchens, shelters and skilled nursing facilities in the Stamford area.

We conducted 20 farm tours for schools, youth organizations and other groups.

We harvested delicious and impressively large watermelons and pumpkins!

All is quiet on the farm now until February, when we’ll heat up our greenhouses and begin planting seedlings and lettuce for the 2014 season.

We thank Farm Manager Bill Callion for his enthusiastic, expert supervision and management of our fantastic Fairgate Farm!