The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center assists victims of housing discrimination and promotes equal housing throughout Western Massachusetts.
We have been very busy in the last 12 months. We investigated nearly 300 complaints of housing discrimination, stopped evictions and preserved tenancies in over 25 cases, achieved settlements that created over 12 lead-safe units for children, provided 95 fair housing presentations to community groups and industry professionals, ensured essential communication access and safety in housing for Deaf and Blind individuals, created wheelchair access and arranged transfers for the safety of victims of domestic violence and hate crimes.
Our annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference in April was our most successful to date, providing 18 workshops on fair housing and civil rights topics to over 300 attendees during the day and a half long event. The conference has always been and continues to be free of charge and open to the public. In April, we joined other civil rights and community groups to form the coalition, Amherst Fair Housing Now! to advocate for fair and affordable housing in Amherst. Working with other organizations allows us to be more effective in promoting equal housing opportunities.
We look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2014 with special events throughout the year. We are excited about moving to new office space at 306 Race Street in the Holyoke Canal District. The new space will allow us to consolidate our operations on one floor and have a specially designed area to conduct community trainings. There will be free parking and a bus stop in front of the building.
Your donation of any amount will help us protect individuals and families who are unfairly denied a fundamental human need—housing.
About the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (MFHC):
Since 1989, the Housing Discrimination Project, Inc., doing business as the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, has been in the forefront of the effort to eliminate housing discrimination in Western
Massachusetts. HDP engages in extensive education and outreach services to community groups, service providers, landlords, realtors, newspapers and others. HDP accepts and investigates housing discrimination complaints and, in appropriate cases, provides free
legal representation. HDP’s educational and legal activities promote housing choice, preserve homeownership, prevent homelessness, create
lead-safe housing for children, and provide disabled tenants with equal access to housing. HDP has maintained its office in Holyoke for over 24 years and provides all of its services in English and Spanish. For further information, please visit our website at