The Vita Health & Wellness District is a one-mile corridor in Stamford, Connecticut, that has positioned itself as a “health-themed neighborhood,” offering mixed-income housing, health care services, community farming, early childhood education programming, and supportive services to residents. Led by the city’s public housing authority Charter Oak Communities and Stamford Hospital, this collaboration of city agencies and community-based organizations has focused on building physical and social capacity in a distressed neighborhood, with an emphasis on leveraging collective investments to yield a positive impact on neighborhood health and well-being. This case study is part of a larger report on Emerging Strategies for Integrating Health and Housing.
This case study was revised in July 2017. Table 1, a listing of Vita Health & Wellness District Community Collaborative members, was updated to include Childcare Learning Centers and to clarify the description of the Franklin Street Community Health Center.