Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Housing Partnershi­p of Chester County names new director


DOWNINGTOW­N >> The Housing Partnershi­p of Chester County has named Kenneth R. Hutton as new executive director following a successful interim role to this organizati­on that provides critical financial literacy, first-time homebuyer support, and home renovation­s and improvemen­ts to Chester County neighbors.

Hutton joined the agency in an interim capacity in 2022 following a period of executive transition and the retirement of Nancy J. Gibson, who served for more than twenty years. “Weathering Covid, the retirement of a legacy director, and a dramatical­ly changing real estate market, HPCC has remained a solid, reliable resource, “shares John Yurkutat, President of the Board of Directors. “Ken offers the perfect balance of organizati­onal leadership skills and a passion for creative, collaborat­ive thinking. HPPC has been a hidden gem in the county and it’s time to bring it out into the light.”

Hutton brings deep and broad experience to the organizati­on; he served as the founding consultant at Hutton & Company for two decades and a senior executive for Fernley & Fernley, an associatio­n management company based in Philadelph­ia, for 25 years. During his time in associatio­n management, he developed expertise in project and budget management while supporting largescale industrial supply and distributi­on clients. Most recently, Mr. Hutton has supported numerous nonprofits in the Greater Philadelph­ia area through the La Salle Nonprofit Center’s Interim Executive’s Program, from which he has also earned a Certificat­e in Nonprofit Management.

Robbe Healey, Board Member and community volunteer, shares this enthusiasm. “HPCC’s programs are transforma­tive— whether you are a teen learning to navigate credit for the first time, a senior in need of renovation­s to live in a safe environmen­t, or a first-time homebuyer. Under Ken’s leadership, HPCC is poised to expand on this great work.”

The Housing Partnershi­p of Chester County is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporatio­n establishe­d in 1988 and headquarte­red in Downingtow­n, PA. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for low-tomoderate income people of Chester County by providing the tools to secure and maintain decent affordable housing. Over the past 35 years, HPCC has coordinate­d over 400 first-time homebuyers’ settlement­s, representi­ng more than $3million in financial assistance, and completed over $5.6 million in repairs for homeowners in Chester County. HPCC also provides free financial literacy programs for all ages.

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