Stamford Housing Authority
22 Clinton Avenue
Stamford, Fairfield County, CT


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

Charter Oaks Communities/COC '(formerly the Stamford, CT Housing Authority) opened their waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program on Wednesday, March 25th until Sunday, 11:59 pm, April 5th. The deadline extension is due to technical difficulties that the website Charter Oak Communities (COC) uses to submit the pre-applications; COC will extend the pre-application deadline to Sunday, April 5th at 11:59 pm.

They will be accepting only one pre-application per family through an online application only (

These Ferguson Library Branches offer free computer access for you to complete your online application if you don't have access to a personal computer. However, each branch may have different hours they are open.
  • Main Library: One Public Library Plaza,  Stamford, CT 06904
  • Harry Bennett Branch: 115 Vine Road, Stamford, CT 06905
  • South End Branch: 34 Woodland Ave, Stamford, CT 06902
  • Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch: 1143 Hope Street, Stamford, CT 06907
After completing your pre-application form online, print out your confirmation of it; this appears on the last page of the process.  If you include an email address if your application, then you'll probably receive a confirmation via email. 

  • Insufficient Funding -- The PHA will offer a preference to any family that has been terminated from its HCV program due to insufficient program funding.
  • Displaced Category I -- Families displaced or scheduled for displacement due to COC redevelopment efforts.
  • Family Protection  -- This preference extends to victims of domestic violence and families who must vacate their current unit because a court or law enforcement agency has determined a need for relocation is required as a matter of public safety (includes victims of hate crimes and households that are part of a witness protection program).
  • Displaced Category II -- Families displaced due to other state/local governmental action for reasons beyond resident control and/or declared natural disasters. 
  • If you do not qualify for one of these preferences, you will be placed randomly on the list.

A random-draw lottery system will be used to determine the order of each submitted pre-application on the waiting list; a maximum of 500 pre-applications will be drawn.  If you are chosen in the lottery, you will be notified via postal mail no later than May 31, 2015.  Any disqualified and remaining applications not selected will be discarded with no further notice.  If you do not receive a letter by May 31, 2015, your pre-application was not drawn by lottery and you will not be placed on this waiting list.If you need reasonable accommodation for to complete the pre-application, please call the designated help line at 203-391-7683 and someone will be available to receive your requests.

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Stamford Housing Authority 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, Stamford Housing Authority 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 Stamford Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (26%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (74%) to that of all housing authorities in Connecticut, Stamford Housing Authority 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, Stamford Housing Authority 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.

Stamford Housing Authority 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.

Stamford Housing Authority 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 Stamford Housing Authority range from a high of 100 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Stamford Housing Authority 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 Stamford Housing Authority have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Stamford Housing Authority owns and manages 502 public housing units in 10 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Stamford Housing Authority is $471.00 compared to the state average of $409.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Connecticut ranges from a low of $257.00 to a high of $768.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (, 2013)

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 Stamford Housing Authority.

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


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Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size


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