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.