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Public Event

Qualified Renters Need Not Apply

Race and Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Rental Market


July 1, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM




Prospective renters with the ability to pay rent should have equal opportunity to live where they want. In Massachusetts, federal and state civil rights laws prohibit housing discrimination based on race and source of income, among other factors. Research conducted from August 2018 to July 2019, however, demonstrates that the reality is far from this ideal in the Greater Boston area.

The Boston Foundation and the Racial Justice Fund supported research led by the Suffolk University Law School Housing Discrimination Testing Program and Analysis Group, Inc. that gathered statistical data about discrimination based on race and source of income (i.e., vouchers) in the Greater Boston rental market. Such discrimination is always concerning but is especially important to investigate now, in a moment when more eyes are opening to the systemic though sometimes camouflaged nature of bias and injustice. Please join us via webinar for the release of a report detailing the project’s findings and recommendations.

Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report
Jamie LangowskiClinical Fellow, Housing Discrimination Testing Program, Suffolk University
Judson WoodsSenior Analyst, Analysis Group, Inc.

Panel Discussion
Stella AdamsNational Fair Housing Activist; Owner, SJ Adams Consulting
William BermanClinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
Barbara ChandlerSenior Advisor on Civil Rights & Fair Housing, Metro Housing Boston
Iván Espinoza-MadrigalExecutive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights
Soni Gupta, Director, Neighborhoods & Housing, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Olivia WinslowDemographics Reporter, Newsday

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