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Office of Fair Housing and Equity

The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity is to ensure fair and equitable access to housing and employment 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.


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    View CORI-Friendly Companies Working with the City

    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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  • Civil Rights Achievements Shine this Month

    This year as we reflect on 50 years of HUD, we take a special moment this month to reflect on the history of housing rights and the leadership played by African Americans to advance the civil rights of all.  Please click on the following link to see the blog written by Assistant Secretary Gustavo Velasquez about Black History Month.

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Fair Housing Art Contest

"Opening Doors for All"

Date Extended

The Office of Fair Housing is hosting its 2nd Annual Art Contest, with this years theme being "Opening Doors For All".

Fair Housing is a set of laws and principles which protect our right to equal housing opportunities. The Federal Housing Act of 1968 made it illegal to discriminate in housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familiar status and disability. In Massachusetts, we have additional categories such as marital status, military status, age, sexual orientation, source of income, gender identity and expression, and ancestry.

This contest is open to ALL students that live in the
City of Boston grades 1-12.

Prizes will include iPads, Tablets, Gift Cards, and more for the top 3 winners in each school level.

Learn More About Entry Requirements

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Fair Housing Landlord Award 2015

Landlord Award (440)

The Mayor's Office of Fair Housing and Equity and the Boston Fair Housing Commission seek to recognize landlords/housing providers who not only provide safe, healthy housing, but who also provide housing that is affordable and accessible to all; and who provide services that improve the ability of residents and the community at large to achieve economic, social and educational success.

Contest Information and Entry Requirements

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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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  • FHE Marketing Opportunity (Due date Extended to March 5, 2015 4 PM)

    FHE seeks expressions of Interest (EOI) for developing a communications and marketing campaign. The campaign will focus on raising awareness of the effects of lead exposure on children and making the public aware that housing discrimination against families due to the presence of lead is illegal.

    EOI (Full)

  • City Hosted Summit on Lead Paint Danger

    The summit brought together city, academic, private, and public stakeholders to develop an action plan for increasing awareness that lead is still a problem in Boston.

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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.

    Watch Here

  • Panel Discussion on Lead Paint

    On behalf of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity (FHE), we would like to invite to you to the Urban League Lead Paint and Housing Discrimination Panel Discussion on February 5th from 6pm to 7:45pm. This event will be taking place at the Grove Hall Library in the Jazz Lounge

    Panel Discussion Information


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Lead Summit 2014