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. 

In April 2017, DCD and the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC), submitted their first Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The AFH was developed by analyzing HUD data and obtaining local knowledge through a series of 13 meetings with the public and providers throughout Chester County. The AFH Action Plan establishes housing goals and corresponding action items that will guide efforts to affirmatively further fair housing through 2022.

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
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