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


Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Closed

Charter Oaks Communities '(formerly the Stamford, CT Housing Authority) waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is now closed; it last opened on Wednesday, March 25th as was open until April 8, 2015.  It was initially supposed to be open through April 1, but was extended twice due to technical difficulties with the waiting list management software used to collect applicant information.

The application was accepted online only.  No preferences were identified.

It was a random-draw lottery system used to draw a maximum of 500 pre-applications for the waiting list. If you didn't receive a letter 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.

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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Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

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Large (1,250 - 9,999)

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