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Groundbreaking at Summer Place – New apartment building to replace Czescik Homes

Charter Oak Communities and Inspirica, Inc. are developing a new apartment building at 992 Summer Street, called Summer Place. The development is for near-elderly and elderly residents (age 55 years and older). It is intended to replace Czescik Homes, a 1960’s-era state-assisted housing complex that is both physically and functionally obsolete.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place November 3rd at 992 Summer Street. Speakers included Stamford Mayor David R. Martin; Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, Department of Housing; Alanna Kabel, representing the HUD Field Office for Connecticut; Vincent J. Tufo, executive director and CEO, Charter Oak Communities; and Jason T. Shaplen, CEO, Inspirica, Inc.

Summer Place will comprise 40 one-bedroom apartments and eight studio apartments in a five-story, 41,000-square foot building. Standard apartments will feature living rooms, dining areas, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The ground floor of the new building will include a communal kitchen and utility room, public restrooms, laundry facilities and a property-management office. The building also will have a landscaped rooftop deck.

Summer Place will be a “caring community,” intended to foster independent living and a positive experience for residents as they age. It has been designed to be highly energy-efficient, cost-effective to construct and maintain, and visually attractive, while providing a superior quality of life for residents. It will be located adjacent to Inspirica’s main facility on Franklin Street. Inspirica will provide Summer Place residents with supportive services on-site and also at their facility next door, including counseling and clinical services, healthcare screenings, and nutrition and intervention assistance.

The rental structure for Summer Place will incorporate HUD Section 8 operating subsidies for 24 of the 48 units. This will enable the occupants of these apartments to live at Summer Place regardless of income, with rental payments based upon 30 percent of adjusted household income. The remaining 24 units, while not receiving operating subsidies, will feature restricted rents for families earning no more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income.

For additional information on Czescik Homes, please click here.

HMS OWL (Online Waiting List) portal

Charter Oak Communities (COC) is happy to announce the HMS OWL (Online Waiting List) portal.  This gives applicants the opportunity to verify their status on waiting lists they have applied for.  To find instruction on how to access the portal, place your mouse over the “Applications” tab above.  Next, place your mouse over “Leasing Office” and click on “HMS OWL (Online Waiting List).”  You will then be taken to a web page that has a link to the set of instructions on how to register and gain access to the HMS OWL (Online Waiting List) portal.  Once registered on the portal, you can verify your status.



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: A Bountiful Season for 2015

Our fourth full year at Fairgate was filled with growth, new volunteers, a busy schedule of community events and a rich harvest!

We are privileged to have had 100+ volunteers, who dedicated 775 hours to our Farm. We planted, cultivated and harvested 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, including 80 or so different varieties (many ethnic crops!). As is our model as a community-powered urban farm, much of what we grew was taken home by our volunteers, with the rest delivered to local agencies, including New Covenant House Café (soup kitchen), the Pacific Street Men’s Shelter and the Inspirica Shelter for Women, and the Scofield Manor Residential Care Home, where residents enjoyed our healthy “farm to table” cuisine!

Our community schedule kicked off with our annual Strawberry Festival Farm Jam at the end of May. We ran a few juicing workshops with Stamford Hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center; had a terrific season with our popular Farm to Table Family Workshop series on Wednesday evenings through the summer; sponsored our first ever Quick Pickling workshop (so fun!) and Yoga at the Farm (inspirational); and, as always, ended with a terrific Harvest Festival in Late October.

We also launched our successful composting program that, by years’ end, will have diverted more than 20,000 lbs. of compostable material (organic waste) from the landfill to become rich, natural fertilizer for our farm and community gardens in our area.

See you in the Spring!

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