Facts About the THA

The Trumbull Housing Authority (THA) is a quasi-public state agency providing affordable, safe and sanitary housing for low for elderly and disabled adults. It consists of 186 units in Stern Village and 36 units in Stern Center-Congregate.

The Village is a vibrant community comprised of energetic and enthusiastic 62+-year-old seniors and 18+-year-old adults with disabilities. We are not a HUD property and we do not accept families with young children.  The THA is on 16.14 acres in a park-like setting, adjacent to Beaches Memorial Park.

-The land and property are owned by the Trumbull Housing Authority. It is not owned by the state. It is not owned by the Town of Trumbull.
-The Village does not receive ongoing funding from the state or federal government, however, we must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Connecticut Housing & Finance Authority and The Department of Housing.
-A Board of 5 Commissioners governs the THA.  4 are appointed by the First Selectman of Trumbull and 1 is a Tenant Commissioner, elected by the residents of the THA.
-The Executive Director, Harriet Polansky, is not an employee of the Town of Trumbull.
-The THA is self-sufficient. Trumbull taxes do not support the THA.
-The THA pays PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) to the Town of Trumbull for Town Services.

Stern Village was built in four phases
The first 50 units phase was initially occupied in March 1972. 50 more units were occupied in October 1975, 50 more in November 1980, and the last 28 units were occupied in June 1984. The Congregate Building was finished in March 1991.

The Housing Authority was built with bonds floated by the State.

Stern Center – Congregate
There are 36 residents in the 2-story building called the Congregate, or Stern Center. Congregants must be 62+ years old and have one or more difficulties with daily living. The Congregate residents (who qualify) receive additional monetary support from the State of Connecticut. Services are provided to all Congregants.  Apartments are cleaned weekly, heating of congregants’ apartments is included in their rent, congregants receive a daily meal served at 12 noon, and an attendant is available in the office 24/7. Laundry rooms are located on each floor. There is a game area with computers, an exercise room, and a meeting room. Activities are held at the Congregate and the Village for all the residents of the THA.

The THA is committed to the safety and well-being of the residents of Stern Village by providing a better quality of life by creating a positive and supportive environment.

Safety Initiatives
The Village has a generator in the Community Room and the THA & Executive Director have implemented town-approved Emergency Management Plans, enabling our Community Room to serve as a shelter and command post in the event of an emergency.

-Executive Director, Harriet Polansky works closely with Chief Lombardo and the Officers of the Trumbull Police Department, Joe Laucella, Director of EMS, Megan Murphy, Fire Marshal and Alex Russo, Assistant Fire Marshal, as well as Rhonda Capuano, Director of Public Health.
-A Stern Village Neighborhood Watch, comprised of resident volunteers, help ensure residents’ safety.
-Parking at Stern Village is for residents and visitors only. Residents must have a THA sticker in their car window and their registration must be current. Vehicles illegally parked will be towed at the owner’s expense.

On-going Activities
-The THA offers many activities that promote social interaction in our vibrant community.
-The Community Room is alive with many activities. Each month the THA has speakers from area businesses, organizations and employees of the Town speak to the residents on relevant topics. The residents have a knitting club, card clubs for Bridge & Pinochle and Bingo. Residents play pool, borrow books from the Stern Village library, use our exercise equipment, watch their favorite shows on a 60″ TV, or play the piano. The residents enjoy Thursday Night Wii Bowling and Game Night, Friday Night Movie Night, Trips to the Mall, Holiday or Themed Parties, Computer Classes, and lots more. “Tuesday’s Tea with Harriet” is held each month with the residents. These “Teas” are a great way for Executive Director, Harriet Polansky to provide updates and keep the residents informed.

Communications
-The Stern Village Voice Newsletter is provided to each resident on a monthly basis.
-Websites: www.sternvillage.com or www.trumbull-ct.gov
-Residents receive Robocall alerts and flyers are posted in communal areas.
-The Stern Village Resident Association holds monthly meetings in the Community Room and arranges activities to keep residents involved.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sternvillage/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/10085043/

Friends of Stern Village- Building Community Partnerships
Executive Director, Harriet Polansky, strives to build lasting community relationships. Several of Trumbull’s organizations have been active in Stern Village. These include, but are not limited to: The Boy Scouts, The Girl Scouts, The Trumbull Library, Trumbull Rotary Club, the Nichols and the Long Hill Garden Clubs. Individuals from these organizations have volunteered their time and energy to visit and help our residents, create and implement a beautification project for our Community Room, or donated much-needed equipment. Residents meet with therapists from the Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center at Stern Village and group therapy sessions are also on-site. Wellness Nurse Tori is available one day each week to meet with the residents. The Trumbull Senior Center provides group trips for our residents and transportation to medical appointments, at no charge. Several businesses, organizations and individuals have donated large and small items to benefit the residents of the THA.

The THA is thankful for their support and we always looking to build community partnerships.

For more information, please stop by and visit Harriet Polansky, Executive Director.

Email: harriet@sternvillage.com

Call: 203-261-5740 x 3