The Chester County Housing Authority has been segregating low income people and creating what might be called ghettos for decades doing the exact opposite of the intent of Section 8 housing. That may be changing. I believe the Obama Administration has begun a clean up of HUD and the CCHA is basically the administrator of the HUD program in Chester County.
”The rationale behind Section 8 Vouchers is to give low income people a chance to move to middle income areas where hopefully their family will have a better chance for a good education, access to jobs and maybe most importantly a chance to socialize with higher income people. President Reagan put the kibosh on that when he cut the Section 8 Voucher funds in half. From then on Section 8 Vouchers were basically only usable in areas with low real estate values. Another important fact is that the Section 8 Voucher amount is the same all across Pennsylvania and can be used anywhere in Pennsylvania.Right now just about the only place in Chester County that Section 8 Vouchers can be used is Coatesville. Most of the rest of Chester County has property values too high for Section 8 Vouchers to be usable.”