Fair Housing

Assessment of Fair Housing

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees, such as the Chester County Department of Community Development (DCD), further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. In addition to combating discrimination, AFFH requires these entities to overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics, including: race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status, and disability. 

DCD is currently in the process of developing its first Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), with its partner, the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC). DCD will hold public meetings to offer community members the opportunity to participate in this process and help establish housing goals for the next five years. These meetings will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Episcopal Church of the Trinity, 323 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320 from 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Kennett Area Community Service, 136 W Cedar St, Kennett Square, PA 19348 from 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Melton Center, 501 E Miner St, West Chester, PA 19382 from 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Versión en español
Click here to view the AFH presentation slides.

 Additional opportunities for citizen participation in the AFH planning process will be hosted by HACC on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 at Church Street Towers, 222 N Church St, West Chester, PA 19382 from 3:00 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at King Terrace, 300 High St, Phoenixville, PA 19460 from 3:00 - 4:30pm
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Oxford Terrace, 326 Market St, Oxford, PA 19363 from 3:00 - 4:30pm
Along with public participation, a core component of the AFH process includes reviewing data and maps provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These materials may be accessed below:

File a Fair Housing Complaint

Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PA
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Click here to view additional fair housing resources.