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Public Notice – HCV Waitlist

Due to technical difficulties the website to submit pre-applications for Charter Oak Communities (COC) Preliminary Applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is temporarily unavailable. As a result, COC is extending the pre-application deadline to Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 11:59pm.

The website is scheduled be available on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in the afternoon.  Please try again at this time.

Charter Oak Communities (COC) will be accepting Preliminary Applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (formerly known as the Section 8 Program).  HCV is a federally-funded program that subsidizes decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income persons.  Applicants must meet all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development income and eligibility requirements.

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News & Events

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.