Become a Fair Housing Investigator
What is Fair Housing Testing?
- Fair Housing Testing is an integral part of the enforcement of federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Testing can expose discriminatory patterns and practices of housing providers that might otherwise go undetected.
- Our investigators are assigned profiles and are instructed to contact rental agents, visit sites, and provide a detailed report about their experiences. FHANC compares reports of investigators to determine if any group is being treated unfairly. The information gathered through investigations can be used as evidence to support a housing discrimination complaint.
- To be considered, individuals must:
- Have good observation skills and be able to write clear, objective reports.
- Have reliable transportation.
- Be available approximately 2-3 hours for each investigation, some of which may be done on weekends or evenings.
- Attend a training session and conduct a practice test.
- This should not be considered full-time or regular part-time employment. An investigator will be called to work on an as-needed basis. Due to federal funding requirements, investigators must not have any felony convictions or convictions for any crimes involving fraud or perjury in the last 7 years. Investigators must not be employed in the housing industry. Investigators are paid a small stipend. They are reimbursed for expenses such as mileage and bridge tolls.
- For more information contact Ursula Lindsey, Maria Callahan, or Quinn McFeeters.
Are you interested in becoming a fair housing tester?
Fill out our tester inquiry form and one of our investigations coordinators will reach out to you about next steps.
Testimonials From Our Investigators
“It makes me feel like I'm part of the solution with Social/Economic Injustices and I even feel like an actress sometimes too.”
“I just love knowing that the work I do on a daily basis counts toward the fight against housing discrimination.“
Housing Discrimination PSA
View a race discrimination investigation in NYC from the mini-series "American Divided"
by Norman Lear
Fair Housing PSA