Helping a neighborhood heal—and thrive
The transformation began when Stamford’s housing authority, Charter Oak Communities, connected with Stamford Hospital and local nonprofits to design and implement a wide variety of programs and help West Side residents significantly improve their quality of life. By combining resources, space, and land, these disparate organizations came together to develop new affordable housing and healthcare services for neighborhood residents, and accomplished a $450 million hospital expansion.
Together we made personal health the central focus for strengthening the community, under the banner of the Vita Health & Wellness District. Today, the Vita District continues to thrive, with over 500 units of mixed-income housing, a multi-function youth center, a volunteer-powered urban farm, innovative educational programs, and a new medical clinic right in the neighborhood.