Tom Davis has brought troubling facts to light about the duties not being met by Newton!s Human Rights Commission – if indeed it is active – at the bottom of another thread. There’s a short discussion after his comments. Please feel free to move your comments here.
An excerpt from his comments:
If you’re a prospective or current Newton resident who believes that your housing rights have been discriminated against, the Commission has you fill out a “Housing DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FORM.” On the form, it reads “If you need help filling out this form, please call and leave a message on the Fair Housing Discrimination line 617-796-1283.” [which has an] automated response: “you have reached a non-working number.” In other words, there is no Fair Housing Discrimination line!
The footer of the official Housing Discrimination Complaint Form used by the City of Newton includes another number to call, this one referred to as the “ADA voicemail.” [It has] the same automated response: “you have reached a non-working number.”
The official Housing Discrimination Complaint Form used by the City of Newton refers you to two different websites, http://www.newtonhumanrights.org and http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/fairhousing. You guessed it – neither website exists.
On the record as provided by the City controlled Human Rights Commission website, the last time the Commission had its statutorily required nine members was January 2015, and the last time that it met more than its statutorily required eleven times per year was nearly a decade ago back in 2010. Moreover, I cannot find a single – not one – record of the Human Rights Commission initiating any investigation or publicizing any report. Given that the Human Rights Commission is a municipal board which is subject to Massachusetts open meeting laws, we can reasonably infer from this omission that the Commission hasn’t taken any such actions. That’s a problem which needs fixing.
Those on the Human Rights Commission, it would be helpful if you would address this situation in the comments. As always readers comments are welcomed.