Become a Tester

Promote Fair Housing in Your Community

Testing is one of the most vital tools we use to enforce fair housing laws. Our testers play an instrumental role in the work we do to combat housing discrimination in the commonwealth. Tests allow us to uncover discrimination that may be difficult to recognize and hold housing industry professionals accountable for the discrimination.

Approximately 44% of our tests in 2018 have or will contribute to investigations against housing providers who are suspected of violating fair housing laws.


Who can be a tester?

  • HOME seeks a diverse group of dependable, conscientious people 18 years and older.
  • Unfortunately, due to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, realtors, leasing agents, and other housing providers are ineligible to become testers with HOME. There are other ways to support HOME’s work to ensuring equal access to housing for all people, and we are happy to connect you to the right person if you are interested.

Are tester’s compensated?

  • Testers are provided training and a small stipend for their time and expenses depending on the task completed.

What testers have said

“I was looking for a way to not only be involved in my community but play an active role in promoting justice and equality on a local scale. I think access to affordable, safe, and quality housing is incredibly important to all aspects of an individuals’ life, and the discrepancy of housing in Richmond – often rooted in discrimination – is a great place to start.”
– A HOME tester


Become a Tester, Make a Difference

Please use the link below to complete the form below to get started. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 804.354.0641.