CAFHC seeks highly motivated law students (2L) for summer and fall internships to assist CAFHC with processing complaints, legal research and assistance with cases pending before administrative agencies. Interns will also help with legal research involving systemic housing discrimination. Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair Housing Tester
The Central Alabama Fair Housing Center (CAFHC) operates a fair housing testing program to monitor housing industry practices and to collect valuable evidence of housing discrimination. Fair housing “testing” is an investigative tool used by fair housing centers throughout the country. The process is similar to that used by “mystery shoppers” in the retail market. Fair housing centers train community members to pose as people seeking to rent an apartment, buy a home, obtain a home loan, or purchase home insurance. CAFHC operates the only fair housing testing program in central Alabama.
The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized testing as a valid, and in many cases the only, means of detecting housing discrimination. Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development use fair housing testing as a means of enforcing the Fair Housing Act.
We need your help in fighting housing discrimination! CAFHC provides tester training to all of our testers, including both classroom instruction and field practice. If you think you might be interested in joining our testing team, please complete our tester interest form below.
Please note that testing is not part-time employment and is not steady work. Testers are assigned as needed and as available. Also, because of HUD rules, real estate agents and individuals engaged in the renting or selling of residential property are not eligible to serve as testers.