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COC named top-performing housing authority

Charter Oak Communities (COC) has received the highest possible operations rating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the federal branch of U.S. government that oversees public housing in American towns and cities and on Indian reservations.

In the HUD uniform rating system, called its Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS), COC scored 95 out of 100 possible points. PHAS scoring is based on comprehensive ratings for four key indicators, including physical condition; financial condition; management operations; and capital fund programs. The audit also reviews each property’s building exteriors, mechanical systems, residential dwelling units and common areas. Among the State’s 51 housing authorities participating in HUD programs, only nine qualified for the “High Performer” designation.

“PHAS is designed to help improve the overall delivery of public housing services, and it enhances trust among public housing agencies, residents and the general public,” said Vincent J. Tufo, executive director and chief executive officer for Charter Oak Communities. “This honor is a testament to the incredibly hard and painstaking work required to effectively operate a very complicated public housing program. When viewed in the context of our emergence as a true ‘hybrid’ agency – combining our traditional responsibilities with myriad enterprises and community service programs – it exemplifies COC’s steadfast dedication to Stamford’s most vulnerable citizens.”

For additional information, link to the Stamford Daily Voice article
http://stamford.dailyvoice.com/business/charter-oak-communities-stamfords-housing-agency-earns-top-marks/665437/



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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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Fairgate Farm: Celebrating our 6th Growing Season!

Our thriving socially responsible farm is the heart of the Vita Health & Wellness District in Stamford’s West Side. The Farm’s primary goal is to reduce health disparities and increase self-reliance in our community. We supply healthy, locally grown, organic produce to volunteers and local nonprofits. As an educational urban farm, we also provide nutrition training and outreach programs to youth and adults from the entire Stamford Community.

We welcome all individual and corporate volunteers! There’s much to do and many opportunities for hands-on learning. Plus, it’s fun; and, as a communal farm, everyone reaps the rewards. Volunteers grow, harvest, and enjoy fresh organic produce in their own homes. What’s left is shared, via regular deliveries to nonprofit organizations focused on hunger relief with the goal to provide nutritious meals. New Covenant House, Soup Kitchens, Men and Women Shelters for the Homeless, and Scofield Manor a residential care home receive this benefit.

We offer a busy calendar open-to-all, culturally appropriate healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, hands-on planting and harvesting, and interactive nutrition lessons. Learn more about Fairgate Farm and our volunteer information at www.fairgatefarm.com

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