The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center assists victims of housing discrimination and promotes equal housing throughout Western Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, also known as the Housing Discrimination Project, has a staff of five full-time employees who are dedicated to making sure that the promise of fair housing and equal opportunity is available to everyone. All of our services are provided in English and Spanish. This year we investigated approximately 300 complaints of housing discrimination. We provided free legal representation to challenge a landlord’s refusal to rent to a professional couple because of their race; to defend the rights of a tenant who was the target of hate crimes based on his sexual orientation; to require a landlord to install a wheelchair ramp for a child with a disability and to vindicate the rights of a group of Springfield tenants who faced displacement due to their disability.
MFHC also plays a key role in providing public education about fair housing. We conduct approximately 75 trainings per year for community groups, students, medical providers, tenant groups, and housing professionals. We co-sponsor an annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference in Springfield. Last year our conference attracted 500 participants. This Civil Rights Conference is free and open to the public and is the only one of its kind in Western Massachusetts.
Thank you for visiting our Valley Gives page. Please consider joining with us to eliminate housing discrimination. MFHC is the oldest fair housing center in Massachusetts and the only full-service fair housing center serving Western Massachusetts. Our day-to-day work shows the direct connection between housing rights and human rights. We defend discriminatory evictions and prevent homelessness. We also provide access to justice and safety for vulnerable individuals, including domestic abuse victims, individuals with disabilities, and families with minor children.
Although we work closely with our community and government partners to maximize our capacity, our funding is not keeping pace with the high demand for our services. If you believe that housing is a fundamental human need that should be available to everyone on an equal basis, please consider making a gift to MFHC today. Your donation will be used to increase access to justice for individuals and families who have been unfairly denied their right to reside in a home and neighborhood of their choice.
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