|Submitted||Aug. 9, 2018|
|Due||Aug. 24, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
-Any reports/studies conducted by the DPPC related to housing discrimination, valid from January 2015 to the date this request is processed
-Any documents detailing prevention initiatives related to housing discrimination, valid from January 2015 to the date this request is processed
-Any educational materials related to housing discrimination, valid from January 2015 to the date this request is processed
Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available.
If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify via phone at 610-637-7745.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Sarika Ram,
The Disabled Persons Protection Commission ("DPPC") has received your email requesting information regarding housing discrimination. Please be aware that the DPPC is the state agency responsible for investigating and remediating allegations of abuse against persons with disabilities between the ages of 18-59 when that abuse is perpetrated by a caregiver (more information can be found at our website, www.mass.gov/dppc<http://www.mass.gov/dppc> ). The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (www.mass.gov/mcad<http://www.mass.gov/mcad> ) is the state agency that investigates and prosecutes complaints of discrimination, including complaints of housing discrimination.
Please confirm whether you wish us to search for the information you have requested. Please also feel free to give me a call at (857) 403-0223 if you would like to discuss.
Mariah C. Freark
Assistant General Counsel
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Disabled Persons Protection Commission
300 Granite Street, Suite 404
Braintree, MA 02184
(617) 727-6465 x223
Abuse Reporting Hotline (800) 426-9009
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Thank you for your clarification.
I would like to withdraw my request given my misunderstanding of the DPPC's jurisdiction.