We promote 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 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 online platforms do not violate Fair Housing laws.
News and Resources
Nov 26, 23Know-Your-Rights Guides in English and Spanish
Nov 07, 23$250 Million Appropriation for Emergency Shelter
Oct 27, 23Right-to-Shelter Lawsuit Filed in Massachusetts
Aug 03, 23MBTA Zoning Lawsuit Addressing Housing Crisis
Mar 15, 23Advisory Clarifies MBTA Zoning Law: It’s Mandatory
Feb 13, 23Some White Towns Resistant to Change, MBTA Zoning Law Action Plans Show
Feb 06, 23Lawyers for Civil Rights Demands Compliance with MBTA Zoning Law
Oct 31, 22LCR’s Civil Rights Summit
Sep 27, 22Launching the Lauren Sampson Fellowship
Aug 22, 22Boston’s Initiative to Promote Diversity Within Development Industry
Jun 16, 22Boston’s Land Audit
Aug 24, 21Civil Rights & Fair Housing Groups Support Disparate Impact Rule
Jun 25, 21Biden Administration Moves To Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule
Jan 12, 21Eviction Crisis in Massachusetts
Jan 06, 21Justice Department Must Maintain Disparate Impact Protections
Dec 10, 20Massachusetts Must Address The Housing Crisis
Nov 30, 202020 Annual Report
Nov 11, 20Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team