Category: Housing


Civil Rights & Fair Housing Groups Support Disparate Impact Rule →

Housing, Racial Justice
Following Litigation Victory, Civil Rights and Fair Housing Organizations Submit Comments in Strong Support of Disparate Impact Rule  Citing extensively to a landmark nationwide injunction secured by Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is reinstating anti-discrimination protections in the Fair Housing Act. These critical...

Biden Administration Moves To Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule →

Housing, Racial Justice
On Heels of Nationwide Injunction, Biden Administration Moves To Fully Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule Citing extensively to a landmark nationwide injunction secured by Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is reinstating anti-discrimination protections in the Fair Housing Act. These critical...

Eviction Crisis in Massachusetts →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is encouraged to see that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has responded to demands that LCR made on behalf of renters of color and low-income renters, by updating the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which provides life-saving emergency housing assistance during the COVID-19...

Justice Department Must Maintain Disparate Impact Protections →

Housing, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) met with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget to express serious concern surrounding an eleventh-hour attempt by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to revise Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Although the agency was unable to...

Massachusetts Must Address The Housing Crisis →

Housing, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a open letter to the Governor and Commonwealth of Massachusetts demanding immediate state action to fix problems that are plaguing the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which provides emergency housing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The systemic failures of the RAFT program are...

2020 Annual Report →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
We are excited to share our 2020 annual report. The report is available here. Please click here to download the report.

Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent an open letter to the Biden-Harris Transition team identifying urgent legal and policy issues that are currently affecting people of color and immigrants across the country. The letter identifies seven critical areas for immediate executive action, and urges the new Administration to prioritize the...

The Repair Work Begins Now →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Lowell Lines, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
STATEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2020 Lawyers for Civil Rights has played a critical role over the last four years securing major legal relief, including nation-wide injunctions, against executive actions that would harm people of color and immigrants.  We've also stopped the dismantlement of long-standing federal programs designed to protect people of color and...

Victory! Nationwide Injunction Against HUD →

Housing
Victory! Fair Housing Organizations Secure Stay and Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against HUD Judge Mark Mastroianni of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has issued a stay and nationwide preliminary injunction against Secretary Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), halting HUD's overhaul of the disparate impact protections...

CDC Eviction Moratorium →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Housing
DOES THE CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM PROTECT ME? AM I ELIGIBLE? You are only covered if: You are an individual with a net household income under $99,000 or a couple with a net household income of $198,000;You can’t pay rent due to a substantial loss of income or extraordinary medical expense;...

Housing First Responders Need More Protections →

Coronavirus, Housing
HOUSING FIRST RESPONDERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS DEMAND PROTECTIONS FROM EVICTION CRISIS  Urgent Need To Pass COVID-19 Housing Stability Act (H.5018) and Extend Eviction Moratorium Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Rosie’s Place, Centro Presente, the Chelsea Collaborative, the Brazilian Worker Center, Family Nurturing Center, the...

Advocacy Groups Sue to Save Fair Housing and Discrimination Protections →

Housing
In response to a new rule from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dismantling longstanding housing discrimination protections under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger have filed a federal lawsuit calling for the rule to be permanently enjoined. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of...

Victory! Language Access Compliance Agreement in Boston →

Housing, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights helped to secure a landmark compliance agreement between the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on language access.  This historic agreement is in direct response to the complaint filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights on behalf...

Volunteer Opportunity: Housing Crisis →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) is seeking volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to help low-income families at risk of housing insecurity to apply for rental relief through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (“RAFT”) program, a one-time grant administered by MetroHousing Boston that provides financial support to families...

Housing Relief Assistance Initiative →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights is launching a new pro bono initiative to connect those who need help paying rent or other housing expenses with volunteers who can help complete an application for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) or the City of Boston's Rental Relief Fund. Our volunteers can help families at risk...

Coronavirus Pandemic Response →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Intake The demand for our free legal services has increased exponentially since the start of the public health and economic crisis.  Since March, we have received over 350 requests for legal assistance (intakes). The estimated demographic breakdown is as follows: 55% Black; 25% Latinx; 10% Asian American; and 10% other....

Coronavirus Legal Warriors →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
As legal first responders, at a time when many doors are closing, we are opening ours wider. In response to an unprecedented need, we're adding a new coronavirus legal warrior to our team. This expansion is critical to deepening and expanding free support for affected families, including help with unemployment...

Legal Responses to COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching a comprehensive legal and policy initiative across immigration, education, housing and the census to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our most vulnerable communities. Specifically, we are advocating to: Secure demographic and racial data on coronavirus infections and death. Stop immigration raids,...