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 as defined by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes, including: race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status, and disability. 

In June 2017, DCD and the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC), received approval for their joint Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The AFH Action Plan establishes housing goals and corresponding action items that will guide efforts to affirmatively further fair housing through 2022.

Fair Housing Resources

The Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania maintains a library of additional fair housing information for consumers, members of protected classes, and resources for frequently asked questions.

Fair Housing Complaints

Housing discrimination related to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status, 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:

Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania

  • Telephone: (866) 540-FAIR
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (español)
  • Telephone: (800) 669-9777 (or 800-927-9275 for TTY)
Title VI

DCD complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes. 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.