Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Housing discrimination hurts. Refusing housing to someone, or treating them differently, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression is illegal. Any individual act of housing discrimination diminishes our community as a whole. You can help uncover illegal housing discrimination by joining Silver State Fair Housing Council as a volunteer housing discrimination tester.
Housing discrimination testing monitors the housing market. Housing discrimination testers are anonymous individuals from our community who are trained to gather information about housing practices by assuming the role of prospective home seekers and reporting on their experiences, most often in rental situations. Testers must be objective, courteous, professional, and capable of handling confidential information. Testers are careful observers, accurate reporters and truthful witnesses.
All potential testers are required to complete a 3-hour training course, which provides an overview of fair housing law, reviews the nature and structure of housing discrimination tests and teaches potential testers how to report on their experiences. Phone numbers are required when registering. Upon completion of this training, testers are contacted on an as-needed basis. Tests take from 1 to 2 hours to complete and we schedule around your availability! Testing is typically scheduled between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
Testers receive a small stipend for each completed test, paid through the agency payroll system, with taxes deducted as required by law.
***HUD guidelines preclude persons convicted of a felony or crimes of fraud or perjury from participating in the volunteer program, and require screening for potential conflict of interest. Criminal background checks will be performed on all active testers.***
GOOD MATCH FOR: Everyone - Testers reflect the diversity of our community.
"I volunteered for Silver State Fair Housing Council because I felt it was imperative to have equal housing for everyone, and with my support for this office, I feel grateful that someone is monitoring activities to ensure that no one is refused housing." -RL 2016
"I enjoy being a tester because I feel I am making a difference. I love knowing that what I do will help make housing fair for everyone. I have learned so much and love all the people I work with. It has been nothing but a positive experience for me." -WS 2016