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Help Build a Playground at McKeithen Park, August 28th

A plan to revitalize the McKeithen Park playground, located on Lawn Avenue, culminates on August 28th when residents, children and local volunteers gather to construct a new playground. Charter Oak Communities (COC) has partnered with the City of Stamford, the Lawnhill Terrace Resident’s Council, Family Centers, and KaBOOM! (the national non-profit dedicated to bringing active play to children) to install the new playground equipment. MetLife Foundation and Barnum Wealth Management have donated financial support and volunteers for the event.

Family Centers was instrumental in organizing “Design Day” in June. More than 60 children and adults participated. The kids drew their dream playgrounds, which were reviewed for feasibility. Designs were voted on along with colors and type of equipment. All playground signage will be printed in English, Spanish and Creole.

The Playground needs volunteers! “Preparation Day,” August 26th, will be for the delivery of the equipment, storage containers, garbage dumpsters and tools. Team leaders will meet and assist volunteers in area preparation. “Build Day,” August 28th, will be for playground assembly. There is still time to sign up and volunteer! Both days will include music, food, drink and activities for children and parents. Please call Jamie Perna at (203) 977-1492 for more information or to volunteer.

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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.



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