Are you interested in making fair housing a reality in Central Indiana? The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) needs a diverse group of dependable, conscientious people 18 years and older to assist in gathering information about housing practices. These persons are commonly referred to as “fair housing testers.” Testers are provided training and a stipend for their time and related expenses. Stipends vary depending on the task assigned. These positions are part-time positions depending upon tests needed and the tester’s availability.
Testers are of various racial and ethnic groups, men and women, over a broad range of ages with and without disabilities. Testers serve an important role in identifying when housing discrimination may or may not be occurring. The testing process has been consistently supported by federal courts as a legitimate and necessary method to identify practices of unlawful housing discrimination.
To participate in our testing program, YOU MUST:
– Be detail oriented
– Be a good listener and observer
– Have a telephone
– Have a desire to work on behalf of civil rights protections
– Have a desire to work and interact with, as well as demonstrate respect for individuals and groups without regard to race, religion, gender, color, national origin, familial status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, age and/or military service veteran status
You should also have your own means of reliable transportation, although, in limited situations transportation may not be necessary. Due to the potential to be a witness to a fair housing violation, testers are screened for criminal history and any possible conflicts of interest.
About the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) is a private, non-profit organization which was incorporated in August, 2011. Our mission is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach.
The FHCCI has two primary goals in its work to fight housing discrimination:
1- educate the public on fair housing laws so people recognize and report problems and understand their responsibilities, and
2- engage in enforcement activities to eliminate unlawful discriminatory practices.
The FHCCI fights housing discrimination not only because it is unlawful, but also because it is a divisive force that perpetuates poverty, segregation, ignorance, fear and hatred.
The FHCCI primarily serves fifteen counties in Central Indiana: Boone, Brown, Clinton, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Putnam, Rush, and Shelby. We are available to assist other counties in Indiana as staff resources and budgets allow.