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File a Housing Discrimination Complaint

Please visit our Fair Housing page for help to identify if you have been the victim of housing discrimination! If you believe that you were a victim of housing discrimination be sure to write down the details and then take action.

You may file a complaint with both the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)

MCAD handles all discrimination complaints that fall under state law as well as violations of the federal Fair Housing Act.

  • Complaints of housing discrimination must be filed within 6 months of the most recent violation.
  • For more Information contact:
    One Ashburton Place
    Sixth Floor, Room 601
    Boston, MA 02108
    Phone: 617-994-6000

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

HUD is the federal agency which receives and investigates housing discrimination complaints that violate federal law.

  • Complaints must be filed with HUD within one year of the most recent violation.
  • You may also contact the HUD Regional Office in Boston at:
    Thomas P. O’Neil
     Federal Building
     10 Causeway Street
     Room 321
     Boston, MA 02222
     Phone: 800-827-0491
    TTY: 800-439-2370

Benefits of Filing a Housing Discrimination Complaint

If you challenge discriminatory housing practices and your claim is informally settled or you receive a favorable decision by a court you could receive:

  • The housing you wanted.
  • Compensation for costs such as temporary housing or moving expenses.
  • Compensation for any emotional damages suffered as a result of the discrimination.
  • An order prohibiting future discrimination or requiring the owner/agent to rent to other qualified home- seekers who are members of a protected class.
  • Your attorney’s fees paid.
  • Satisfaction of knowing that you challenged discrimination and that other people may not go through the pain and frustration you experienced.