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Fair Housing and Equity

Fair Housing and Equity

We work to eliminate discrimination and ensure fair and equal access to housing, public services, accommodations, and participation in activities for all people of Boston.

Our mission is to ensure fair and equitable access to housing opportunities. We strive to increase equity and reduce barriers to opportunity for persons living and working in the City of Boston through education, collaboration, and enforcement.

Learn more about our work at Fair Housing and Equity.

Fair Housing
1 City Hall Square
Room 966
Boston, MA 02201-2041
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

News and Announcements

Fair Housing Landlord award 2017
Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 logo
Sep 15

Mayor Walsh makes $14 million available for affordable housing

Mayor's Office
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Apr 28

Mayor Walsh Joins HUD to Announce $100,000 for Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program

Fair Housing and Equity
Fair Housing internships
Oct 1

Mayor Walsh Appoints Director of Fair Housing & Equity

Mayor's Office
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Sep 11

Mayor Walsh Announces $3.2M in Funding to Protect Children from Lead Poisoning

Mayor's Office

More resources

Lead paint discrimination

It is illegal for housing providers to discriminate against families with children under six even if the unit is known to have lead paint. The Massachusetts lead law requires that any place built prior to 1978 where a child under six years old lives must be made lead safe.

Residents with a criminal past
External provider notifications

Upcoming events

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Nov 2

Boston Fair Housing Commission hearing

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Nov 3

Boston Fair Housing Commission hearing