The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (also known as the Housing Discrimination Project, Inc.) is the oldest fair housing center in Massachusetts. MFHC serves Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Counties. MFHC provides free legal services and accepts housing discrimination complaints based on race, national origin, color, ancestry, religion, sex, disability, presence of minor children, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, receipt of public assistance, including Section 8 housing assistance, receipt of housing subsidies or rental assistance, and genetic information.
MFHC also preserves homeownership, by advocating for distressed homeowners in mortgage lending cases, and by assisting victims of foreclosure rescue scams.
If you contact MFHC we will:
- Conduct an interview to obtain the facts
- Investigate your case
- Review the results of the investigation with you and discuss your options
- Where there is sufficient evidence of housing discrimination, MFHC will help you file a complaint with the proper agency or in court.
- If we are successful in your housing discrimination case, you may be able to obtain the housing unit and/or receive monetary damages.
MFHC accepts over 300 housing discrimination complaints per year, and has obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of housing discrimination. MFHC has also successfully advocated for affordable loan modifications allowing homeowners to remain in their home and avoid foreclosure. In addition to this legal work, MFHC provides extensive education and outreach services to community groups, service providers, landlords, realtors, newspapers and others.
MFHC does not represent tenants in cases involving general landlord-tenant disputes.