Aug 19, 201111:20 AMBlog

FHC seeks 'secret shoppers' to test housing practices

Aug 19, 2011 - 11:20 AM
The Fair Housing Center of Washington is hiring testers to help it determine whether there are differences in treatment for individuals seeking to rent or buy a house based upon protected class.

One of the federal, state and local protected bases for discrimination is national origin. The agency is seeking men and women of different nationalities, particularly Hispanic and Asian. The agency also needs control testers (Caucasian). Individuals must have a bachelor's degree at minimum to participate. There will be a mandatory training held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 in Tacoma. Testers who attend this training will be paid $200.

Testing is paid on a per site visit and can range from $40 to $80. Testers are asked to commit to completing three to six tests per week for the next six to nine months. Prior to the training, individuals will need to schedule a 45-minute interview at Fair Housing Center's office for screening to ensure they meet the criteria.

Applicants can send a resume and a cover letter to


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