Darien Housing Authority Office, Room B-1
Darien Town Hall
2 Renshaw Road
Darien, CT 06820
Open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., closed Holidays
The Darien Housing Authority owns and manages two state public housing projects in Darien in accordance with State Regulations and with the oversight of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. The Housing Authority administers the waiting list for Clock Hill Homes, a thirty-unit, moderate income condominium development created by the Town of Darien in conjunction with Fairfield 2000 Homes.
Allen-O’Neill Homes, a state Moderate Rental Housing development, consists of 41 single-family homes and one 12-unit apartment building. The housing was completed in 1953 and was built on the site of the former Fitch Home for Soldiers and their Orphans, a home for veterans of the Civil War and Spanish-American War.
During WWII the Fitch property was used as a Naval Communications Training Center and contained some Quonset huts, which were used for housing for a time after the War. Today, most of the original buildings from the Fitch estate are gone; however, the chapel was moved across the street and remodeled to become Darien’s VFW Post 6933. Several of the original houses are on West Avenue and are privately owned, and the current apartment building at 20 Allen-O’Neill Drive was remodeled from one of the Fitch buildings.
Old Town Hall Houses
Old Town Hall Houses is a State of Connecticut Low Income Elderly Housing project completed in 1988. Located at 719 Post Road in Darien, the senior housing is on the site of the former Darien Town Hall (which was the original Royle School building.) Old Town Hall Houses consists of 30 apartments (20 one-bedroom units, including four which are handicap accessible and 10 efficiency units). There is also a Community Building containing a large meeting room, a small office and laundry facilities.
The Housing Authority is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, and the projects are managed by an Executive Director and staff in accordance with State Regulations.
The Darien Housing Authority is currently planning for the future redevelopment of the ten + acre site of Allen-O’Neill Homes. During 2006 and 2007, the Town of Darien granted $200,000 to the Darien Housing Authority to undertake predevelopment studies and activities related to the improvement of the site.
Vision for the Redevelopment of Allen-O'Neill
Redevelopment of Allen-O'Neill Resolution
Meetings (Agendas & Minutes)
Commissioners: (updated 6/1/12)
Jan Raymond, Chairman
Terms expires 6/30/15
Joseph Warren, Vice-Chair (R)
Term expires 6/30/16
Peter Bigelow, Treasurer (D)
Term expires 6/30/17
Allen Delaney, Asst. Treasurer (U)
Term expires 6/30/14
Cynthia Ashburne, Commissioner (R)
Term expires 6/30/13
Ford Gardner, Property Manager