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


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Charter Oaks Communities Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015.

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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Charter Oaks Communities Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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.

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)

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