Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Housing/Community Development: Discrimination in Housing

J11 Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
One Ashburton Place, Suite 601
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-994-6000
TTY: 617-994-6196

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is the civil rights law enforcement agency of the Commonwealth under Massachusetts General Law Chapters 151B and 272. The Commission has the authority to investigate complaints of illegal discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit. Massachusetts Fair Housing Law (MGL Ch. 151B:4), prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of disability, race, color, religious creed, age (from 18), national origin, sex, sexual orientation, children, ancestry, marital status, military and veterans status, public assistance recipiency, blindness or hearing impairment. Exceptions exist for two-family dwellings, one of whose units is owner occupied and for the temporary (one year) leasing or subleasing of single dwelling units which are normally occupied by the owner or lessor. Children can be excluded from three-family dwellings in which an elderly or infirm person occupies a unit. However, a landlord cannot exclude families with children from a dwelling due to lead paint.

Regional Offices:

128 Union Street, Suite206
New Bedford, MA 02740
Tel: 774-510-5801

436 Dwight Street, Room 220
Springfield, MA 01103
Tel: 413- 739-2145

484 Main Street, Room 320
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel: 508-453-9630

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