Stern Village was the vision of Henry S. (Sam) Stern who served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for 20 years. It was his initiative, resourcefulness, and perseverance that was responsible for the construction of 186 units of State Elderly Housing and 36 units of Congregate Living for the elderly. Mr. Stern’s life was dedicated to building homes for senior citizens, where their quality of life and dignity could be maintained in a garden-like environment. Stern Village represents his vision.
The single-story apartments known as Stern Village were built in four phases. The first 50 units phase was initially occupied in March 1972. Thereafter, 50 more units in October 1975, 50 more in November 1980, and the last 28 were occupied in June 1984.
About the Trumbull Housing Authority
Stern Village is run by a Board of Commissioners, appointed by the First Selectman of Trumbull. This group of five dedicated volunteers works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the well-being of the residents and overall facilities. Public meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Community Room.
Chairperson: Jan Kopchik
Vice Chairperson: Paul Niebuhr
Treasurer: Maureen Bova
Assistant Treasurer: Jean Rabinow
Secretary: Suzanne Donofrio
The Trumbull Housing Authority (THA) is a non-profit organization governed by the Connecticut Housing & Finance Authority and The Department of Housing.
The land and property are owned by the THA. The Village does not receive any funding from the state, however, we must adhere to their policies and procedures.
We are NOT Federally funded. We DO NOT take vouchers. We are NOT a HUD property.
Trumbull residents’ tax dollars DO NOT support the THA.
Beautiful Park-Like Setting
Stern Village is adjacent to one of Trumbull’s beautiful parks, Beach Memorial Park. Stern Village was built on approximately 16.2 acres of land.
It’s a 3-mile walk around the Village, starting at apartment #1.
The Village is surrounded by woods in a beautiful park-like setting. Many of our residents have magnificent vegetable gardens. You will find peach trees, grape arbors, flowering shrubs, and an assortment of flowers as you walk around our community.
The residents of Stern Village are fastidious about the inside and outside of their apartments. Our Maintenance staff ensures that the property is groomed and well-taken care of.
The Village is a vibrant community comprised of energetic and enthusiastic 62+-year-old seniors and 18+-year-old residents with disabilities. We are not a HUD property and we do not accept families with children. There are 186 apartments in the Village. -There are 4 apartments to a building or quad. -Apartments are either small one-bedroom apartments or slightly larger one-bedroom apartments. -Three laundry rooms are located in the Village and they are accessible to the residents. -Clothesline areas are near the quads. -A beauty salon is located in the Village. -Each apartment has a galley kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and stove. -Communal trash/recycling corrals are found near the quads.
Square Footage Per Apartment:
Small One Bedroom: Total of 320 square feet.
Living Room: 10′ x 11.6′ Bedroom: 10.6′ x 6′
One Bedroom: Total of 425 square feet
Living Room: 12.10′ x 11′ Bedroom: 11′ x 11.5′
Stern Center – Congregate
Stern Center (Congregate Building) was finished in March 1991. The Congregate is a two-story building with 36 efficiency apartments. The apartments are approximately 400 square feet.
Criteria for Congregate Living
-Must be 62 years of age or older.
-Considered frail and have difficulty with one or more activities of daily living.
–Activities of daily living include feeding, bathing, grooming, dressing or transferring.
-Must meet the income threshold. Applicants for the congregate cannot earn more than $50, 350 per year.
Connecticut Department of Housing
-Stern Center/Congregate is under the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH).
-DOH provides subsidies for services for eligible residents of the Congregate.
- One full-course meal prepared by our renowned Chef Freddy. Meals are served daily at noon and include an unlimited salad bar,
- Light housekeeping on a weekly basis,
- 24/7 Office Attendant,
- Wellness programs and entertainment,
- Heat & water is paid for by the THA,
- Generator for the building.
The Congregate is not a nursing home or an assisted living facility. It is independent living with supportive services for those who meet the criteria.
Age in Place
Stern Center provides a great model for residents to age in place.
Residents who can no longer live in the Village can move to the Congregate.
-THA has a Golf Cart to take residents from the Congregate to the main THA Community Room,
-Art therapy is held twice a month,
-Weekly chair exercises and arts & crafts,
-Trumbull Wellness Nurse is available for wellness checks,
– R U OK? Each morning Daisy Torres, Congregate Manager or a Security Guard, will call residents to make sure they are alright.
-Bingo is twice a week at the Congregate,
-Raised Vegetable Garden for Congregants who like to garden,
-Birthday parties and celebrations,
-College students intern at the Congregate for credits.