Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity

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:

Chester County Language Access Plan

DCD is committed to serving persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). DCD's Language Access Plan outlines procedures for interacting with LEP populations.

File a Fair Housing or Equal Opportunity Complaint

Title VI

DCD complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes. No person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of its services, aid, training, and benefits or otherwise subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that s/he has been unlawfully discriminated against in activities funded by DCD may file a formal complaint within 180 days following the date of the alleged incident.

For more information on DCD’s Title VI Program, obligations, procedures and/or to file a complaint, please contact Gene Suski at 610-344-6900.

Section 504 (Disability)

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations (“Section 504’), no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. DCD does not discriminate in access to, participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. Grievance procedures for any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to programs or services may file a complaint with DCD’s Section 504 Officer, Shaun Bollig, at 610-344-6900.

Fair Housing

Housing discrimination related to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status (families with children), or disability is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Act); the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act adds the additional protected classes of age and ancestry. If you have unlawfully experienced housing discrimination, please contact DCD’s Fair Housing Officer, Shaun Bollig, at 610-344-6900 or one of the resources below:

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