A little-known but highly effective legal group is working on drafting model legislation that would help property owners remove discriminatory, restrictive covenants from their deeds.
Having a run-in with the law is one of the quickest ways to disqualify yourself from homeownership, and other bites of housing news for your holiday weekend.
A timely and effective rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations is critical to righting Massachusetts’ economy and enabling the state and its businesses to exit this never-ending state of crisis. And somehow, Charlie Baker bungled it.
In an unusual, if not unprecedented, move for a major trade organization, the National Association of Realtors has taken full ownership for any and all discriminatory actions taken over the years by the 1.4 million agents and brokers for which it speaks.
The National Association of Realtors’ board of directors voted Friday to approve a new policy that bars members from using “harassing or hate speech” anywhere, at any time.
Pittsfield-based Greylock Federal Credit Union announced it has joined the African American Credit Union Coalition, and plans to take a steps to strengthen access to financial services for Berkshires residents of color.
As Berkshire Bank embarks on its second CEO search in less than two years, its board can do a service to Massachusetts by picking a leader who is committed to carrying forward its initial forays into diversity, equity and inclusion.
A lawsuit against People’s United Bank accuses senior executives in the Massachusetts market of a wide range of discriminatory actions, including denying loan deals as a way to damage employees’ performance and affect their compensation.
The banking industry has a long history of contributing to ongoing racial inequities with its lending policies and practices, but some banks want to reverse this damage.
America – and the banking and real estate industry – is waking up to just how deeply racism and white supremacy has been baked into our society. That can only be a good thing.
Greater Boston’s rental housing industry has a serious racism problem, and it’s going to take effort from industry and government – including Attorney General Maura Healey – to solve.
Following a report from Suffolk University Law School that found widespread racism among apartment brokers in Greater Boston, two of the state’s largest real estate agent trade groups are calling for changes.
Black renters in Greater Boston face enormous and widespread hurdles to viewing apartments and finding brokers who will work with them, researchers from Suffolk University Law School and The Analysis Group found.
Black executives at a pair of leading Massachusetts community banks and one of its biggest contractors have joined with other corporate leaders of color in Massachusetts to launch a social justice fund to support minority communities.
If we are serious about solving the housing crisis and systemic racism, we need to stop trying to pass a law that will make both worse.
Now is a pivotal moment in history where society’s attention is finally focused on what we have collectively ignored for far too long – hundreds of years of brutality, racism and inequity throughout the United States of America.
With this zoning amendment, Boston will be the first city to use the power of zoning to create economically and racially diverse communities.
Boston-based Santander US will close its offices and branches at noon on Friday to recognize Juneteenth, a national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.