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Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston

  • To Volunteer, Contact:
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Organization Type: Nonprofit legal services provider

The Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston is the region's only case advocacy service provider focused exclusively on housing discrimination. We field hundreds of inquires and complaints each year from people without the knowledge and/or means to advocate for themselves. If we suspect discrimination, the FHCGB offers full case advocacy services, including testing for proof of discrimination, representing the complainant throughout HUD's or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination's (MCAD) administrative processes, and securing pro bono legal counsel if litigation is required.

The Fair Housing Center maintains a diverse group of dependable, conscientious people 18 years and older to investigate complaints of housing discrimination. Volunteers receive training and a stipend for each investigation completed. Access to a car is helpful but not necessary – testing does require a flexible schedule and a few hours a month to volunteer.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
  • Area of law: Housing, housing discrimination
  • Populations Served: Low Income, members of protected classes
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Legal Research, Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Other Project Types: Investigation, Testing
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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