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Public Comment Period Begins for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Administrative Plan Amendments

Charter Oak Communities is soliciting public comments for amendments to the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan (HCV Admin Plan).

The comment period is open for 45 days from October 6, 2014 through November 19, 2014.

For more information and to view the proposed amendments and the current versions of the HCV Admin Plan please click here….

Feature article recognizes COC growth and progress

An article examining the evolution of public-assisted housing at Charter Oak Communities recently appeared in The Stamford Advocate. To read it in its entirety, click here.

COC & Family Centers Celebrate a 10-Year Partnership

Resident services and programs at all Charter Oak Communities properties are provided by Family Centers.  Family Centers began its formal relationship with COC in 2004 as the provider of the Community and Supportive Services Program for the Fairfield Court HOPE VI revitalization project.  At that time, Family Centers employed a team of 3 full-time case managers who provided onsite services to the residents of Fairfield Court.  Those residents who received help from the Family Centers onsite case managers had a better chance of successfully moving into new homes.  Residents who had been on the cusp of losing their apartments due to late payments, poor housekeeping, poor resident relations or not providing the required documentation, received needed support; as a result, most were able to successfully relocate to their new homes.  Over time, and with ongoing support, residents were inspired to seek educational opportunities, job training, and become advocates within their own communities. 

When the Fairfield Court HOPE VI Program was completed, COC and Family Centers expanded the program so that all residents could have access to such important supportive services.  Now, 10 years later, Family Centers provides supportive services at Post House, Taylor Street, Fairgate, Westwood, Palmer Square, Oak Park, Lawnhill Terrace, Czescik Homes, Quintard Manor, Clinton Manor, Stamford Manor, Glenbrook Manor, Rippowam Manor, Ursula Park Townhouses and Lawn Avenue Townhouses.

Family Centers is increasingly committed to empowering residents on a larger level, encouraging their interaction with each other, coaching resident-led initiatives and strengthening the fabric of our communities.  The Family Centers’ team of Resident Service Coordinators has created monthly gatherings as a platform for residents to interact, share concerns and facilitate change.

Greenfield nearing completion

Construction is nearing completion for Greenfield, a 45-unit mixed-income residential development being built on Merrell Avenue, in Stamford (14 to 100 Merrell Ave.). The project will be completed before the end of the year, and a formal dedication will take place this coming spring (2015).  Greenfield is the third phase of the Vidal Court revitalization.  Of Greenfield’s 45 mixed-income housing units, 27 are being rented to low- or moderate-income households and are designated as replacement housing for Vidal Court. The remaining 18 units are designated for market-rate households.

Redevelopment Plan for Vidal Court

Click here to view the Redevelopment Plan for Vidal Court.

Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP)

Click here to see ACOP.



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 enjoys a bumper crop in 2014

Gorgeous weather, healthy crops, new friends and lots to do — it was a great summer!  Fairgate Farm Manager Bill Callion reports significant growth on many fronts – they planted lots of new crops this season (100+ varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers), and had more volunteers than ever before, with people of all ages logging many hours and taking more just-picked-produce home to their families.

Fairgate Farm made many farm-to-table deliveries to local organizations, including visits to Scofield Manor, New Covenant House and the men’s and women’s shelters on Pacific Street. Additionally, the Farm is partnering with organizations such as Franklin Street Community Center, Optimus and the Greenwich Alternative High School to bring nutrition education alive.

It was a very busy summer, overall, with eight weeks of summertime nutrition, and creative cooking workshops for parents and children in the West Side community. Don’t miss the  Harvest Festival, October 18 (noon to 2 pm) – there will be music, food samplings,  demonstrations, kids’ crafts and more.

 Fairgate Farm Harvest Fest 2014

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