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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, read the Stamford Daily Voice article.

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