Fair Housing

The Worcester Fair Housing Project (WFHP) - a joint project between Community Legal Aid (CLA) and the City of Worcester - provides advice and representation to anyone in Worcester County who has been the victim of housing discrimination. The WFHP has assisted clients in a range of discrimination claims, including racial harassment, refusal to rent due to family status, refusal to remove lead paint, interference with housing subsidies, and discrimination based on disability.

In addition to litigation, the WFHP conducts education workshops on fair housing laws for tenant groups, social service providers, landlords and other community members. The WFHP also trains civil rights investigators to "test" whether housing discrimination is occurring in the county, to support litigation or promote equitable settlements for project clients.

For more information, to request training or schedule an appointment for a housing discrimination screening, please contact the Office of Human Rights.

Worcester Fair Housing Resources

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Worcester Fair Housing Project Overview
Provides advice and representation to anyone in Worcester County who has been the victim of housing discrimination.
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Housing Discrimination Based on Criminal Record
You have the right to challenge a housing provider's decision to deny your application for housing or to evict you based on your criminal record.
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Housing Discrimination Based on Disability
Provides protection for individuals with disabilities to ensure they have equal access to housing.
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Housing Discrimination Based on Domestic Violence
A victim of abuse should never be a victim of housing discrimination.
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Housing Discrimination Based on Religion
Housing discrimination based on religion is not just unfair, it is illegal.
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Lead Paint Discrimination
Lead paint is a serious health hazard, especially for children age 6 and younger.
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Tenant Rights
Provides advice and representation to anyone in Worcester County who has been the victim of housing discrimination.
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Contact Information

Office of Human Rights
City Hall Room 101
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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Phone: 508-799-8486
Fax: 508-799-1208
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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508-929-1300
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