Human Rights Commission

The Cambridge Human Rights Commission is a city law enforcement agency that investigates complaints of discrimination that occur in Cambridge -- in housing, employment, education and public accommodations. The Commission enforces two ordinances: the Cambridge Human Rights Ordinance, chapter 2.76 and the Cambridge Fair Housing Ordinance, chapter 14.04.

These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, physical and mental disability, sexual orientation, religion, age, family status, marital status, military status and source of income. We also work with HUD to enforce the Federal Fair Housing Act. The Commission also aids the City of Cambridge by educating both businesses and residents, providing community outreach, and cooperating with other city, state and federal agencies. The Commission is available to conduct workshop presentations on fair housing and employment discrimination for community groups, social service agencies, and schools. We have an employee that is fluent in both Spanish and English.

The Cambridge Human Rights Commission generally meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., at 51 Inman Street, 2nd floor conference room, Cambridge, MA.

2015 Fair Housing Awards

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2014 Fair Housing Awards

2014 Fair Housing Award Ceremony