Fair Housing Tester Program - Allies, help us fight housing discrimination

In many cases, SSHC may need to investigate complaints received by conducting a controlled fair housing test using trained volunteers referred to as “testers” to pose as home seekers. 


Receive a stipend per test completed

Develop new skills

Help make South and Southwest Suburban communities more welcoming & inclusive!  


After receiving training, matched sets of testers, one from a protected class and one from the control group, are given assignments and sent to conduct telephone or site contact tests with housing providers. To keep testers safe during the pandemic, SSHC is currently conducting testing virtually. Following the test, testers are required to complete and submit a detailed written report about their experience. These reports are analyzed by SSHC staff to determine if differences in treatment occurred. While testing is promoted as a volunteer program, testers are paid a small stipend and reimbursed for mileage for each completed assignment.


  • Access to computer/cellphone
  • Detailed-oriented, organized, & listening/writing skills
  • Flexible schedule
  • Access to transportation
  • Due to the pandemic, SSHC is currently conducting testing virtually
  • Must be 18 years or older with no felony convictions
  • Testers cannot have an active real estate license  


Email  emily@southsuburban.net

Phone  (708) 957-4674 ext. 111

Online  Fill out our form & choose “Volunteer Tester Program” for the topic

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