Housing

DCD allocates Federal, State, and County funds to activities that create and maintain affordable housing opportunities in Chester County, PA. This page describes how funding supports housing development, housing rehabilitation, and first-time homebuyers' programs. In addition, there are links to other websites related to affordable housing.

The Rental Housing Inventory Report provides a current listing of DCD-assisted housing developments. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) offers a free, statewide, web-based Affordable Apartment Locator service. Visit http://www.pahousingsearch.com/ to access this searchable database.

Housing Rehabilitation Program


The purpose of the Housing Rehabilitation Program is help low to moderate-income homeowners correct local code violations in their homes. Violations may include, but are not limited to, structural, plumbing, heating, and electrical problems. The eligible applicant must be the owner of the home and the household’s annual gross income must not exceed 80% of the area median income. The maximum amount of funding per single family dwelling is $25,000. For more information, please contact:
Housing Partnership of Chester County
41 West Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
610-518-1522

Senior Citizen Home Maintenance Program


The Home Maintenance Program provides assistance to homeowners who are age 65 or older with moderate home repairs and modifications such as roof, minor plumbing, flooring repairs, and general repairs that may improve the physical functioning of the elderly individual(s). The eligible applicant must be the owner of the home and the household's annual gross income must not exceed 50% of the area median income. The maximum amount of funding per single family dwelling unit is $4,500. For more information or to obtain an application, contact:
Housing Partnership of Chester County
41 West Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
610-518-1522

Credit Counseling Program


The Credit Counseling Program provides, free of charge, counseling to people who are having credit problems. Program staff work with applicants to remedy and prevent future credit problems, develop a household budget and set a time frame in which the results would be achieved. Regular meetings are scheduled to ensure all steps are being followed and progress is being made. For further information, contact:
Housing Partnership of Chester County
41 W. Lancaster Ave.
Downingtown, PA 19335
610-518-1522

Home Repair Program


Good Works, Inc. and Good Neighbors Inc., non-profit Christian ministries, use DCD funding to supplement volunteer efforts to make home repairs for homeowners who cannot afford to pay for the repairs themselves. Eligible homeowner applicants must be the owner of the home and the household's annual gross income must not exceed 150-175% of the poverty level. The estimated cost of repairs is generally under $5,000 per household served. For more information, contact:
Good Works, Inc.
544 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19320
610-383-6311

Good Neighbors, Inc./Koinonia Christian Ministries
 205 East State Street Kennett Square,
PA 19348
610-444-1860

Weatherization Assistance


If your house or apartment is cold and drafty because of poor insulation and a creaky, old furnace, but you cannot afford to make repairs, there is help available through the Weatherization Assistance Program. The eligible applicant's household annual gross income must not exceed 150% of the poverty level. Eligible households can benefit from a high-tech computerized assessment of energy use and air leakage. Using the results of the assessment, a trained crew will visit the house to tune up the furnace, install energy saving insulation, weather stripping, and pipe wrap as needed. This is a free service. For more information, contact:
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.
610-521-8770

First-Time Homebuyers' Program


This program provides education in addition to direct financial assistance to low- and moderate-income homebuyers, whose income does not exceed 80% of thearea median income. Financial counseling and homeownership training are prerequisites to receiving down payment and closing cost assistance. For more information, contact:
Housing Partnership of Chester County
41 West Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
610-518-1522

Public Housing


The Housing Authority of Chester County administers the Section 8 rent assistance program, which is ongoing rent assistance for low-income people, and public housing, which is permanent rental housing, in Chester County. For more information, contact:
Housing Authority of the County of Chester
30 West Barnard Street
West Chester, PA 19382
610-436-9200