Qualified Renters Need Not Apply Race and Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Rental Market


July 1, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am EST


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 Langowski, Clinical Fellow, Housing Discrimination Testing Program, Suffolk University
  • Judson Woods, Senior Analyst, Analysis Group, Inc.

Panel Discussion

  • Stella Adams, National Fair Housing Activist; Owner, SJ Adams Consulting
  • William Berman, Clinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Barbara Chandler, Senior Advisor on Civil Rights & Fair Housing, Metro Housing Boston
  • Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights
  • Elaine Gross, President, ERASE Racism
  • Soni Gupta, Director, Neighborhoods & Housing, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)

Live stream link will be sent after registration, prior to the event. For additional information, please contact Michelle Hinkle at 617-338-4268 or

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Racial Equity
Real Estate Development


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