HELP YOUR COMMUNITY SUCCEED
The Greater Houston Fair Housing Center is always looking for volunteers to help us in a variety of ways.
Volunteering in a Fair Housing organization provides a unique experience in Fair Housing and Civil Rights. This opportunity may be of special interest to Law students, as well as anyone interested in social work, history, human resource and cultural diversity.
For additional questions call or email today!
Fair Housing Tester
We are looking for people in the community to help us obtain information about housing practices in our area.
Who can be a tester?
Testers are a diverse group of dependable, conscientious people of various racial and ethnic groups, men and women, over a broad range of ages with and without disabilities. Testers must be over age 18 and undergo a criminal backround check.
What is a tester?
A tester takes on the role of a perspective homeowner or renter for the purpose of gathering information to identify unlawful discrimination and to ensure that individuals or companies are in compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act. Testers may be more commonly known as “mystery shoppers”.
We need individuals who are interested in helping us provide quality education and outreach about Fair Housing.
Raising awareness and educating the public about their rights under the Fair Housing Act and what to do if they experience discrimination is crucial to our mission. We are a trusted source of fair housing training and information. We offer Fair Housing training, presentations, and printed educational materials. We work with housing consumers, providers, and professionals as well as local community groups and organizations. We also serve as a resource to housing providers and industry professionals in order to help them understand and meet their responsibilities under fair housing law.
What is the time commitment?
Testers are on an on-call, as-needed basis. If you accept a test assignment you must be able to commit 3-4 hours to complete the test from start to finish.
Will I get paid for testing?
Testers receive a stipend for completed tests along with travel reimbursement.The stipend amount depends upon the type of test conducted.
How do I get started?
To become a tester, you will need to complete a Tester Application, attend a required training session, and perform a practice test.
For an application or for additional information, please contact theTesting Coordinator, at 713-641-3247.
For more information on our testing program click here.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming an outreach volunteer, contact us at 713-641-3247 or fill out a Volunteer Application.
GHFHC is looking for volunteers who can help with daily office tasks including but not limited to:
Answer phones/Take messages
If you are interested in learning more about becoming an office assistant volunteer, contact us at 713-641-3247 or fill out a Volunteer Application.
GHFHC relies on funding from state and federal grants, private fair housing enforcement action, and private donations.
If you'd like to make a tax-deductable donation via check please contact us at 713-641-3247 or if using a credit card please use the donate link below. You do not need to have a paypal account.
You can donate to our work without spending a penny more than you normally do. GHFHC has proudly partnered with Amazon.com through its Amazon Smile program.
The program is a simple and automatic way to support GHFHC every time you shop at Amazon.com, at no cost to you. All you have to do is nominate "Greater Houston Fair Housing Center" as your chosen charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of every qualifying purchase you make on its site to us. No extra expense to you, and a small but significant contribution to us. The only requirements are that you have an Amazon account, that you do your shopping at http://smile.amazon.com (instead of the usual Amazon.com website), and that you nominate us as your chosen charity.
For more info on Amazon Smile, click here.
"THERE IS ALWAYS GOODNESS IN GIVING, NO MATTER HOW LITTLE"
We now accept donations via paypal.
You can also donate much needed supplies and materials. With donations such as these we are able to continue providing our services for free to everyone who needs it.
You may donate supplies from our Amazon WishList by clicking on the link below and purchasing any of the items on our list (many under $10 and all have free shipping).