Support Fair Housing

In our ongoing efforts to achieve equal housing opportunities, we need you to become involved. There are a variety of ways that you can become involved in this important public service.

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Volunteer

Volunteers assist the Fair Housing Center with fair housing events and in fair housing education and outreach programs. The Center can work with you to arrange a volunteer opportunity that fits within your time schedule and commitments. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Fair Housing Center at 313-963-1274 or via email at info@fairhousingdetroit.org.

Become a Tester

For decades testing has been accepted as a key investigative tool in fair housing cases. Fair housing testing involves private individuals who, posing as persons seeking to rent or purchase a home, apartment, or other dwellings, gather facts concerning real estate policies and practices.

 

By willingly volunteering their time, testers display a commitment to fair housing and civil rights. Testers come from all backgrounds and ethnicities. For example, one of our former testers, who served as a tester for years without formal recognition, now serves as a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

The Center needs a large and diverse pool of trained and experienced testers who play a key role in fair housing investigations. If you are interested in becoming a fair housing tester, or if you would like to learn more about being a tester, please contact our testing coordinator, Engela Bertolini. Engela can be reached at 313-963-1274 x3 or send her an email at ebertolini@fairhousingdetroit.org.

Become a Cooperating Attorney

Like other fair housing centers, we need independent, cooperating attorneys to serve as legal counsel in meritorious cases. Cooperating attorneys represent our complainants in federal and state court and in administrative proceedings. The public service commitment they demonstrate in fair housing cases can lead to greater opportunities for public service.

 

Two of the Fair Housing Centers’ former cooperating attorneys now serve as U.S. District Court Judges for the Eastern District of Michigan. One former cooperating attorney now serves as U.S. Magistrate Judge in that District. One cooperating attorney served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and as Deputy Major for the City of Detroit, while another former cooperating attorney served as the Mayor of Madison Heights and now serves as a Michigan District Court Judge. Yet another cooperating attorney began handling fair housing cases after working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

 

If you are interested in becoming a cooperating attorney, or if you would like more information, please contact our executive director, Steve Tomkowiak. Steve can be reached at 313-963-1274 x2 or via email at stomkowiak@fairhousingdetroit.org.

Annual Membership

Membership provides a tangible opportunity to demonstrate your support for fair housing. Membership, in turn, provides the Center much needed financial support and enhances the Center’s credibility by showing its community support.

 

Membership is available at the following rates:

 

$ 25   Individual/Family

$ 50   Business/Organization

$ 100   Corporate Membership

$ 500   Supporting Membership

$1,000   Bronze Membership

$2,000   Platinum Membership

$5,000    Silver Membership

$10,000   Gold Membership

 

All members are listed on the Center’s website, unless anonymity is requested. Members also receive copies of the Center’s Annual Report and an invitation to attend the Center’s Annual Meeting.

Event Sponsor

Event sponsorships play a critical role in the Fair Housing Center’s Annual Fair Housing Conference. While sponsorship levels and benefits vary, all include reserved seats at sponsored events, prominent recognition in all promotional materials and invitations to attend event receptions. Please contact Steve Tomkowiak at 313-963-1274 x2 or contact us at info@fairhousingdetroit.org for more information on becoming an event sponsor.

Schedule Training

Another important way to further equal housing opportunities is to schedule fair housing training. Not a year goes by without significant changes to fair housing laws, policies and best practices. Fair housing training aids in meeting and exceeding current compliance standards, while reducing the risk of liability. By scheduling regular fair housing training, an organization demonstrates to staff and leadership its commitment to fair housing. 

 

Finally, the most effective fair housing education and training is delivered by private fair housing organizations, which view fair housing from an enforcement perspective.