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The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity (FHE) is to eliminate discrimination and ensure equitable access to housing opportunities, public services, public accommodations, and participation in activities. The office strives to reduce procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers for persons living and working in the City of Boston.

Governor Patrick signs City of Boston Home Rule into Law

Governor Patrick signed a City of Boston home rule into law on Wed May 21st to update the enabling legislation for the Boston Fair Housing Commission. Representative Byron Rushing sponsored this bill, which:

  • Updates BFHC’s enabling legislation (for the first time since 1994) to make it consistent with current local, state, and federal housing discrimination laws.

  • Adds the term "gender identity" as a protected class and ensures that any additional protected classes that may be added in the future will fall under BFHC’s enforcement authority.

  • Clarifies that, in accordance with state and federal laws, no dwelling owner is allowed to publish discriminatory ads or make discriminatory statements.

  • Codifies the existing practice that judicial review of BFHC decisions be in accordance with MGL Chapter 30A, Section 14, the standard used for review of most state and local administrative agencies.

House Docket, NO.3831
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    How to Initiate a Complaint

    If you believe you have been discriminated against in housing, public services, accommodations, employment, or participation in activities in Boston, you may fill out and email a completed form online or download and submit a handwritten copy to our office. You are also welcome to call or visit our office.

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    The following vendors have certified compliance with the City of Boston’s CORI friendly hiring practices and have City of Boston contracts over $5,000. The City of Boston does not guarantee employment availability at any of the vendors listed.

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  • Fair Housing Poster Contest

    Watch as the Mayor and our April 2014 Fair Housing Art Contest winners talk about diversity and housing.

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