Washington Community Housing Trust began in 1987. The founding incorporators, a group comprised of a coalition of local clergy along with ably guided volunteer citizens were: John Boyer, Rev. John DeZinno, Covington Hardee, Rec. Erik Larsen, Rev. Richard Sears, Rev. David Simpson, and Rev. David Sundell.
The WCHT is a non-profit organization dedicated to establish and maintain affordable housing in the Town of Washington. With the help of Town, State and many generous donors, WCHT has developed 37 affordable apartments between its three properties.
More recently in 2020, WCHT developed the Vincent Farm property, which consists of three affordable homes for purchase. The original farmhouse has been meticulously renovated, in addition, there were two additional homes constructed on the site. WCHT continues to work to raise funds in hopes to develop other properties using the Vincent Farm as their model. Creating affordable housing for its residents that live and work in our community
Bill Fairbairn, President
Terry Tiernan, Secretary
Ted Bent, Treasurer
Ralph Averill, Trustee
Sara Guillemette, Trustee
Brad Sedito, Trustee
Valerie Truesdell, Trustee
Ann Marie Ovitt, Property Manager
Washington Community Housing Trust
16 Church Street
New Preston, CT 06777
Units Comply with Fair Housing Act and other laws, which prohibit discrimination in the rental of housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
Dodge Farm Apartments is the 1st property that the Washington Community Housing Trust built. Completed in 1995. Dodge Farm was built on a field, formerly farmed by the Potter family off of Old Litchfield Road in Washington Depot. There are 5 buildings in-total of 14 units, consisting of one and two- bedroom flats and one, two and three- bedroom townhouses. Dodge Farm has been the home to many growing families as well as seniors. There are two accessible units.
Eligibility for Dodge Farm Applicants:
Riverwoods Apartments is the 2nd property developed by the Washington Community Housing Trust completed in 2002. (Head or Co-Head of Household aged 55 or over). Riverwoods sits on 6 beautiful wooded acres. The land was donated to the Trust by Fairbairn family in 1999. There are 2 buildings in-total of 12 units. Each unit has it's own entrance from exterior. 8 one-bedroom units and 4 one-bedroom plus den units. There is a mail room/gathering room onsite with two garages and assigned storage space for each unit.
Eligibility for Riverwoods Applicants:
Church Street Apartments is the 3rd property developed in New Preston by the Washington Community Housing Trust. The complex sits on the grounds of the former Montessori School, It consists of two buildings. The West Building is at street level and contains three apartments and the WCHT office. One unit is handicapped accessible and one is adaptable for that purpose. The East Building contains eight units, six units are townhouse style with a rear patio, two units are flats, with patios in front and rear. There is a an onsite mail room.
Eligibility for Church Street Applicants: