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 on-line platforms do not violate Fair Housing laws.
News and Resources
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
Nov 04, 20The Repair Work Begins Now
Oct 26, 20Victory! Nationwide Injunction Against HUD
Oct 21, 20CDC Eviction Moratorium
Oct 15, 20Housing First Responders Need More Protections
Sep 28, 20Advocacy Groups Sue to Save Fair Housing and Discrimination Protections
Sep 24, 20Victory! Language Access Compliance Agreement in Boston
Aug 04, 20Volunteer Opportunity: Housing Crisis
Jun 14, 20Housing Relief Assistance Initiative
May 29, 20Coronavirus Pandemic Response
Apr 12, 20Coronavirus Legal Warriors
Mar 17, 20Legal Responses to COVID-19