U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) FHEO’s Mission is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws. Visit the HUD Website at www.hud.gov Follow HUD on: Podcasts; RSS; Flickr; Facebook; YouTube; and Twitter@HUDNewEngland Connect with HUD

Office of Fair Housing and Equity Martin J. Walsh, Mayor

Participating Site for the YWCA Boston 5th Annual

Office of Fair Housing and Equity (FHE) Boston Fair Housing Commission (BFHC)

The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity (FHE) is to eliminate discrimination and ensure equitable access to housing opportunities, public services, public accommodations, and participation in activities. The office strives to reduce procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers for persons living and working in the City of Boston. Located at: 1 City Hall Square, Room 966, Boston, MA 02201 Website: www.cityofboston.gov/fairhousing/fairhousing/

National Day Date:

Friday, April 25, 2014


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


U.S. Department of HUD Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Federal Building 10 Causeway Street, Room 301 Boston, Massachusetts 02222-1092

Let’s Stand Together We can all do our part to help combat housing discrimination, and ensure equal treatment is a reality for everyone.

William Berman is a Clinical Professor at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Berman has directed Suffolk’s Housing Clinic for thirteen years. In the Housing Clinic, Professor Berman and his students represent indigent tenants in housing related matters. Professor Berman and his students have handled numerous cases of housing discrimination as part of their clinic work. Prior to coming to Suffolk, Professor Berman was in private practice, in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He has litigated cases in the Commonwealth for over 27 years. Professor Berman is a graduate of Union College and Boston University School of Law. Michael Curry is the President of the NAACP Boston chapter and was recently elected to the national board of the NAACP. Curry is the first New England representative to be appointed to the national board in over 35 years. Prior to leading the Boston NAACP chapter, Curry was the legislative affairs director and senior counsel at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Curry also spent nearly 16 years, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in government and community relations and communications. He is a Boston native, born and raised in the Lenox Street housing development and attended Boston public schools. Barbara Ferrer is the City’s Health Commissioner at the Boston Public Health Commission. In addition to operating public health programs, the Commission provides oversight of Boston Emergency Medical Services, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the second largest homeless services program in New England. Dr. Ferrer has more than 25 years of experience working in healthcare. Prior to joining the Boston Public Health Commission, she spent five years at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health -- first as Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention and later as Director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health. Josefina Vázquez is the President and CEO of the Boston Women's Foundation. Since the 1980’s, she worked on both international and national efforts concerning social policy issues dealing with Latin America and the Middle East as it related to the self-determination of oppressed communities. She also oversaw the work of a Community Housing Development Organization in Oakland CA, where she successfully bridged the social interaction of women within the African American and Latino communities of West Oakland by organizing community roundtables. Vázquez has focused on women-led philanthropy and advocacy for the community organizing work and social policy issues that women and girls courageously seek to resolve in their struggle for racial, economic and social justice.

Agenda 10:00 – 10:15:

WELCOME: Susan M. Forward HUD Region One Director, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)

10:15 – 11:15:

FILM SCREENING: "A Matter of Place" A documentary film that shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and misunderstood civil rights issues in America.

11:15 – 12:00:

PANEL PRESENTATION: Dion Irish – Moderator Office of Fair Housing and Equity William Berman Clinical Professor, Suffolk University Law School Michael Curry President, NAACP (Boston Chapter) Barbara Ferrer Health Commissioner, Boston Public Health Commission Josefina Vázquez President and CEO, The Boston Women's Foundation

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