Attorney General of Massachusetts Maura Healey and HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Gustavo Velasquez were featured speakers at Suffolk Law’s Fair Housing Conference Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.
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Read more about the conference participants and view the conference schedule.
The conference, which brought together fair housing leaders from around the country, came close on the heels of Attorney General Healey’s recent announcement that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has agreed to implement fair housing training and adopt new antidiscrimination policies to resolve allegations that it discriminated against families with children in housing rentals. Suffolk Law’s Housing Discrimination Testing Clinic provided discrimination testing results that were critical in the settlement.
Since its launch in 2012, Suffolk’s program has provided important clinical experience to Suffolk Law students and trained more than 150 fair housing testers, who pose as potential renters. Those testers have conducted over 130 housing discrimination tests.
Suffolk Law received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development earlier this winter. The grant will allow the law school to expand its fight against housing discrimination, in part through the creation of new online courses. The additional grant funding for Suffolk Law’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program will bring total HUD support for the program to $1.9 million.
“Ending housing discrimination is at the core of HUD’s mission, and it takes dedicated people on the ground to address it; Suffolk University Law School has been a tremendous partner in this effort,” said Susan Forward, director, Region 1 Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.