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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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    Submit Your Art to the Fair Housing Art Contest

    Elementary to high school students in Boston can submit posters, collages, or videos to win prizes like iPads and gift cards.

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Have you been discriminated against?

In the City of Boston, it is illegal to discriminate in the rental or sale of housing based on:

  • Race, Color, National Origin, or Ancestry
  • Gender Identity or Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Military Status
  • Disability/Handicap
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Source of Income (Public Assistance, Including Section 8)
  • Familial Status (including presence of children)

How to file a complaint

If you have been discriminated against, file a housing discrimination complaint:

If you’d like to make an appointment of have any questions, please call 617-635-2500. 

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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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  • Request for Proposals: Community Survey

    We're looking for vendors with expertise in developing community surveys, including methodology, implementation, and analysis. Our survey will help gauge Boston's knowledge of lead paint as a health-hazard, perceptions of lead paint-related housing discriminations, and perceptions of barriers to finacial or educational resources offered by the City.

    Community Survey RFP

  • 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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  • 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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