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Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Laws declare that it is illegal to deny the right to buy, lease, rent, own, or possess housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, familial status, veteran history, public assistance recipiency, or handicap.

 If you want to learn more about fair housing or believe that you have been discriminated against in your search for housing, the following resources are available.


Information from the City of Waltham
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Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
262 Washington St, 10th Floor
Boston, MA, 02108
617-399-0491
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Información en Español  
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Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
1 Ashburton Place
Sixth Floor, Room 601Boston, MA, 02108
617-994-6000

Complaints can be filed Monday through Fri from 8:45am – 4pm
Complaints must be filed in person or by mail.
Complaints about discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, credit or lending, or an educational setting
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Cambridge Human Rights Commission
51 Inman Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA, 02139
617-349-4396
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Boston Fair Housing Commission
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 
617-635-4408
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HUD FHEO Region 1
10 Causeway Street, Room 321
Boston, MA, 02222
617-994-8300 or 800-827-5005
TTY 617-565-5453
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Housing Discrimination Testing Program
120 Tremont Street, Room 190
Boston, MA 02108
617-573-8778
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Useful links for fair housing
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Fair Housing Act

Information on the Fair Housing Act

FAQs on advertising

Fair housing rights for veterans

Fair housing rights for persons with disabilities

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
HOusing and Civil Enforcement Section-G St.
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 02530

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