LCR promotes housing equity and equality by taking legal action against fair housing violations and by partnering with other advocacy groups to promote policies and practices that encourage equal housing opportunities in Massachusetts.
LCR predominantly focuses on fair housing violations based on either race or national origin discrimination. We also handle cases involving discrimination based on family status, citizenship status, disability, and Section 8 status. In recent years, our staff has litigated cases involving issues such as:
- refusal by realtors and landlords to rent to individuals of color;
- failure by landlords to remedy a racially hostile living environment due to tenant-on-tenant harassment;
- steering of potential homebuyers to less desirable properties;
- discriminatory treatment in the terms of tenancy; and
- racially-restrictive covenants in real estate advertisements.
We have also authored amicus curiae briefs regarding the disparate impact of the subprime mortgage industry on people of color and the reach of disparate impact under Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination laws.
LCR also investigates various issues that contribute to housing segregation in Massachusetts, such as the use of criminal background checks to exclude individuals from renting and violations of Massachusetts lead paint law. LCR also regularly engages in advocacy designed to ensure that on-line platforms do not violate Fair Housing laws.
News and Resources
Jan 03, 19Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections
Jan 03, 19Comments on HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act
Nov 20, 182018 Year-in-Review
Nov 16, 18Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements
Sep 07, 18Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018)
Jun 23, 18Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury
Feb 27, 18Expanding Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff
Jan 11, 18On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice
Nov 27, 17New Strategic Plan Released In Anticipation of the Lawyers’ Committee’s 50th Anniversary
Nov 03, 17Yesterday, we got an award! Today, we’re back in the trenches.
Jun 28, 17Calling on HUD to Investigate Facebook’s Discriminatory Advertising Practices
Apr 11, 17Protecting 30,000 Households
Jan 29, 17Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges
Dec 02, 16Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors
Nov 17, 16Design for Equity
Nov 04, 16Tackling Discrimination in the Internet Age
Sep 28, 16Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Mayor Walsh’s Call for Public Conversations on Race and Equity
Sep 20, 16Tackling Implicit Bias and Discrimination in the Sharing Economy and Beyond