Next Training - December 17th - 1-4pm
Silver State Fair Housing Council
Housing discrimination is rarely as obvious as a door being slammed in someone’s face. More often, housing discrimination is accompanied by a smile and someone wishing you to "have a nice day."
Silver State Fair Housing Council is actively recruiting volunteers who reflect the diversity of our community to be part of our housing discrimination tester program.
Housing discrimination testers are anonymous members of our community who are trained to gather information about housing practices by assuming an assigned role of a prospective home seeker, most often in a rental situation. Volunteers must be able to objectively and accurately report their experiences.
The Federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental, or financing of housing based on race, color, religion, sex (gender), national origin, familial status (having children under 18 years old), or disability. In addition, Nevada State law prohibits discrimination based on ancestry, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. The testing process has been consistently supported by federal courts as a legitimate, necessary method to identify practices of unlawful housing discrimination.
We are looking for individuals who can be available to conduct tests Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm, with testing occasionally on a Saturday. Phone tests typically take from 1 to 1.5 hours and Site tests typically take from 2 to 2.5 hours.
You can become a housing discrimination tester with Silver State Fair Housing Council by attending this three-hour virtual training that 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. Trainings are scheduled on a regular basis via Zoom. Participation via video is required.
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 volunteers.
About Silver State Fair Housing Council
110 W Arroyo, Suite A, Reno, NV 89509, US
Silver State Fair Housing Council (SSFHC) works to ensure equal housing opportunity for all residents of Nevada. SSFHC advocates for fair housing by providing a comprehensive program of outreach, education, and enforcement activities. By addressing the needs of consumers, housing providers, and local governments, SSFHC works to break down barriers to equal housing opportunity and build opportunities for community members to relate to each other as neighbors.
SSFHC is a private non-profit agency advocating for equal access to housing in Nevada since 1989.