Legal Aid’s Fair Housing Project is Looking for “Testers”
The Fair Housing Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County is looking for individuals to perform inquiries or "tests" of specific businesses in our area and to record the results of their experience. The trainings are held as classes fill, about twice a month. You will be paid $25 for the training time. If you would like to register for the free training or need more information, contact Kammy Sloan at (561) 655-8944 ext. 115.
What is a Tester?
A tester is like a "secret shopper." As a tester, you play the role of a home seeker or mortgage-seeker - a person looking for a rental or home purchase or seeking mortgage/foreclosure assistance. Testers must be at least 18 years old, objective and careful observers, capable of recording observations in English and must not have prior felony convictions or convictions of crimes involving fraud or perjury. The testing process takes about 2 hours and testers are paid approximately $50 per test plus mileage.
What is Testing?
Testing is a term used to describe the process of checking the housing market/ industry to determine the nature and extent of discriminatory treatment practiced against various home seekers. Testers keep careful notes as to what transpires, and then record their experience on a standard report form. Differences in treatment of testers often form the basis for successful housing discrimination complaint or resolution of a mortgage/foreclosure.
Since 1982, the US Supreme Court has held that "Testing” is a legitimate and necessary method to identify practices of unlawful housing discrimination.
Are you interested in joining a growing effort to promote Fair Housing in Palm Beach, Martin, Hendry and Okeechobee Counties?
The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County is committed to further equal housing opportunity through educational and enforcement programs based upon Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act. Testers play an important role in this commitment and their efforts benefit our entire community.
If you would like to have one of the Legal Aid Society’s Fair Housing Testing Coordinators contact you, please fill out the following information.