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COC to Apply for EPA Brownfields Grant

The Housing Authority of the City of Stamford intends to host a public meeting on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at 40 Clinton Ave., Stamford, CT to discuss the submission of an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant.  The Housing Authority intends to pursue Brownfields Cleanup funding for remediation at a former dry cleaner located at 211 Stillwater Ave., Stamford, CT, and seeks public comment. A copy of the grant application, including a draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives, is available for public review and comment at 22 Clinton Ave., Stamford, CT.

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.

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.



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.