Charter Oaks Communities
22 Clinton Avenue
Stamford, Fairfield County, CT


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Please note: Charter Oaks Communities covers Stamford, CT.
The Charter Oaks Communities (COC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for two weeks in March 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

In 2015, the application was accepted online only.  

No preferences were identified.

500 qualified applicants were placed onto the waiting list. If you did not receive a letter in the mail by May 31, 2015 then your application was not drawn by the lottery and you were not placed on the waiting list.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedOpenNot Applicable

The Charter Oak Communities in Stamford is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior/disabled individuals.

The public housing waiting list for families is currently closed.

Please Note: Only two bedroom units for senior/disabled individuals, are available for the waiting list.

To apply for public housing, you can find an application here to download, print, and complete.  You can also pick up an application by stopping by the housing authority office at 22 Clinton Ave., Stamford, CT 06901.

Once you have completed the application, it can be hand delivered to the address listed above, during normal office hours. Be sure to include these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: involuntary displaced, and victim of natural disaster.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at, or they can be reached with any questions you may have by calling 203-977-1400, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Charter Oaks Communities operates 511 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Charter Oaks Communities public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 10% studio apartments, 36% 1 bedroom apartments, 29% 2 bedroom apartments, 19% 3 bedroom apartments and 5% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Charter Oaks Communities’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 505 out of a total 511 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 1.17%.

Family Type

Of the 278 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 126 (45.32%) were elderly, 152 (54.68%) were non-elderly, 204 (73.38%) were disabled, 79 (28.42%) contained children and 127 (45.68%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Charter Oaks Communities's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Charter Oaks Communities’s public housing developments is $566.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $266. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $273. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $546. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $227.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Charter Oaks Communities portfolio, 60% of households identified as Black, 31% identified as White, and 27% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Charter Oaks Communities properties, 203 were Extremely Low Income, 59 were Very Low Income, 15 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Charter Oaks Communities properties is $19,864. Of all public housing residents, 2% have no income and 26% earn more than $25,000 while 72% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Charter Oaks Communities public housing 41% have wage income, 7% have welfare income, 61% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 14% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 502 households containing 988 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 28.42% of households included children. Across all household members in Charter Oaks Communities public houins units 7.4% are aged zero to five and 18.6% are aged 6 to 17.

25.7% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 48.3% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Charter Oaks Communities public housing communities. 9.36% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 5.38% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 85.26% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Charter Oaks Communities administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 10 projects which contain 502 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,462 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Charter Oaks Communities is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Charter Oaks Communities between Public Housing Units (26%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (74%) to that of all housing authorities in Connecticut, Charter Oaks Communities has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Connecticut.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Charter Oaks Communities scored an average of 85 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 60 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Connecticut is 74.43.

Charter Oaks Communities has an average score that is more than the average Connecticut housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Charter Oaks Communities manages 6 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 77. The scores for properties managed by Charter Oaks Communities range from a high of 100 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Charter Oaks Communities portfolio is Taylor Street and the lowest scoring property is Fairgate.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 83% of properties managed by Charter Oaks Communities have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Charter Oaks Communities.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 8/23/12 Plan
2011 6/28/11 Plan
2010 6/29/10 Plan
2009 9/11/09 Plan
2008 6/24/08 Plan
2007 6/13/07 Plan
2006 2/8/06 Plan
2005 6/30/05 Plan
2004 6/28/04 Plan
2003 9/8/03 Plan
2002 6/25/02 Plan
2001 7/27/01 Plan
2000 7/20/00 Plan