Category: Housing


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,...

Emergency Measures Needed →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds rapidly, it is imperative that state and local policy leaders enact emergency measures that will protect the most vulnerable populations. For those with higher incomes and more social supports, the sudden changes in daily life due to the pandemic will be inconvenient and disruptive. But...

Urging Statewide Moratorium on Evictions in Light of COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Housing
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak of coronavirus, strongly encouraging all employees and students who feel sick to stay home. Baker’s message is an important one in response to this clear public health crisis. But government responses to this unfolding health emergency must...

Community Groups File Civil Rights Complaint To Halt Suffolk Downs Approval →

Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Complaint Alleges Review Process Is Inaccessible To Non-English Speakers, In Violation Of Federal Law Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), charging that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has violated federal civil rights law by...

2019 Annual Report →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2019 year-in-review is available here: [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Annual-Report-DIGITAL.pdf" title="2019 Annual Report DIGITAL"]

Urging AG To Sue Lead Paint Companies →

Health Disparities, Housing
40 Public Health, Civil Rights Organizations and Leaders Urge Attorney General Maura Healey To Sue Lead Paint Companies Open Letter Describes Devastating Human And Financial Toll Of Lead Poisoning In Children Forty public health, civil rights, and community-based organizations and leaders issued an open letter today to Attorney General Maura...