Fair Housing

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Fair Housing Committee


The Fair Housing Committee’s mission is to educate the community and residents on matters of fair housing.  It accomplishes its mission by promoting access to decent, safe, and affordable housing for all segments of the community and through the study of issues, public education, and advocacy. 

Membership


The committee comprises of 13 members.  Four are ex-officio appointments and represent the Human Relations Commission, the Community and Economic Development Department, the Planning Board and the Framingham Housing Authority.  The nine other members are broadly representative of segments of the community, active and interested in the housing market.

Current members are
Susan Aaron, Esq., Vice-President
Robert Anspach, Ex-Officio Member, Human Relations Commission
Cynthia Cobb, Clerk
Nathalie Jean, Ex-Officio Member, Community Development Department
Robert Merusi, Member
Brandale Randolph, President
Edgar Roth, Member
Cynthia Silva, Member

The committee currently has five vacancies.  Please click here to submit your application for a position. 

Meetings


The committee meets every third Tuesday of the month in Conference Room 1 of Town Hall.

Contact


For more information, please contact Nathalie Jean, Community Development Coordinator/Fair Housing Officer, at nsaj@framinghamma.gov or (508) 532-5457.

Resources


What is Fair Housing?


The laws protect consumers when they are looking to buy or rent property.  It is illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of:
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Genetic information
  • Disability
  • Ancestry
  • Marital status
  • Family size
  • Veteran status
  • Status as recipient of federal, state, or local public assistance or beneficiary of federal, state, or local housing subsidies

If you think you have been discriminated against, the agencies listed below offer assistance in filing a claim or provide support as you consider your options.  

Private, State, and Federal Resources


The Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston advocates for victims of housing discrimination.  It assists with filing complaints with various agencies, and in some cases, as an advocate on complainants’ behalf.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
59 Temple Place #1105
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-399-0491
TTY users, please call the MA Relay Service at 1-800-439-2370
bostonfairhousing.org

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Pl.
Sixth Floor, Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-994-6000

TTY: 617-994-6196
mass.gov/mcad/

The Office of the Attorney General enforces the Fair Housing Act, also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act. Through its enforcement powers, it ensures that individuals and families are able to seek and secure the housing of their choice.

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
One Ashburton Pl.
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-727-2474
TTY: (617) 727-4765

mass.gov

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is a federal agency that receives and investigates housing discrimination complaints.  It determines violations of federal law.  Complaints to HUD must be filed within one year of the most recent violation. 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, Room 321
Boston, MA 02222-1092
Tel: 617-565-5308 or 800-827-5005
Fax 617-565-7313
TTY: 617-565-5453
Email: complaints_office_01@hud.gov
hud.gov