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ORGANIZATION: Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan

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Testers are needed to help investigate Civil Rights violations in Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw Counties.

The FHC is seeking individuals to assist in the investigation of housing discrimination complaints ("testing"). "Testers" pose as home seekers in a variety of housing rental and sales situations. Hours vary and are flexible, though most testing takes place during normal business hours. Attention to details is a must. Access to personal transportation is helpful, but not required.

The FHC has an especially high need for Black and white men to serve as testers. We are always recruiting African, Black, Asian, White, and Latino/a/x people of all genders and ages. We also need people who use a wheelchair.

For more information, including directions on how to apply, please visit our website at: https://www.fhcmichigan.org/get-involved/civil-rights-tester/

What is a Tester?
As a tester you are playing the role of a home seeker - a person who is looking for a housing unit in which to live. Testers must be objective, careful observers, accurate reporters, and truthful witnesses. Besides visiting many interesting homes and apartment complexes, you may have an opportunity to serve as a witness in a court case. Most importantly, you become a key part of the FHC’s efforts to end discrimination in housing.

What is Testing?
Testing is a term that refers to a process of checking the housing market to determine the nature and extent of discriminatory treatment accorded different home seekers. Testers take careful notes of what transpires.

Why Testing?
The testing process has been consistently supported by federal courts as a legitimate,
necessary, and often the only method available to identify practices of unlawful housing
discrimination. Fair housing litigation filed with the help of the FHC has been based, in large part, on the evidence provided by FHC testers. Both the sworn oral testimony and the actual written reports of testers are routinely accepted by courts as evidence of discriminatory conduct by a defendant.

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About Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan

Location:

PO BOX 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fair Housing Center (FHC) is to end discrimination in housing and public accommodations and to promote accessible, integrated communities.

Description

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan actively works to investigate complaints of illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, and age.

Our service area includes Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

We provide investigative services, testing, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referrals, and community education. If you think you have experienced housing discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center. We will take your complaint and let you know what your options are.

Our History:

Fair housing laws are not self-enforcing. The NAACP-Ypsilanti/Willow Run, NAACP-Ann Arbor, and the Housing Law Reform project, along with community members concerned with civil rights, began work in 1989 to start an organization that actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing. The Fair Housing Center opened in 1992.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Homeless & Housing
Race & Ethnicity
Advocacy & Human Rights, Homeless & Housing, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Test in any or all of our 10-county service areaYpsilanti, MI 48197

(42.2195,-83.6307)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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