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FAIR
HOUSING
COUNCIL

of Greater San Antonio
     

Donations

Monetary Donations
The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio depends on grants and donations to provide free services to housing consumers. The Council is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your tax deductible contribution will enable us to continue our efforts to promote fair housing through education, outreach, and advocacy activities.

For your convenience, you may make a donation via check by mail or via Paypal online.

Donations via Check:
Please make you check payable to “Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio” and mail to:

Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio
4414 Centerview Drive, Suite 229
San Antonio, Texas 78228

Donations via Paypal:

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In-Kind Contributions
The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio also depends on in-kind contributions to assist in providing services to housing consumers. An in-kind contribution can consist of a service or item donated to the Council in lieu of money. In the past, the Council has received such in-kind contributions as donated equipment and free volunteer hours from professionals in the areas of graphic design, legal services, etc. If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution to the Council, please feel free to contact our San Antonio office at (210) 733-3247 or toll-free at (866) 733-4953.

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Volunteer Opportunities
The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio also depends on volunteers to assist Council staff with special projects or testing activities. Testing is like being a mystery shopper. It’s an investigative tool utilized by the Council to investigate allegations of housing discrimination in the rental housing, real estate sales, mortgage lending, and homeowners’ insurance industries.

Testing is a controlled process whereby trained volunteers (called testers) visit apartment leasing offices or real estate agencies, act like potential renters or homebuyers, inquire about available housing or financing, and then objectively report on their experiences.

The Council’s staff will then compare the reported experiences of the volunteers to determine whether discriminatory treatment has occurred. The testing reports are evidence that may then be used to substantiate a consumer’s fair housing complaint.

Testers are volunteers. However, they do receive a small monetary stipend for completing a testing assignment and are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the test site. In addition, the Council’s staff will coordinate test assignments according to the availability of the volunteers. Volunteers will visit the test sites (i.e., leasing offices, realty companies, etc.) during that companies’ normal business hours, which may include weekends and evening hours.

In you are interested in becoming a volunteer tester, please contact our office at (210) 733-3247 and we will mail you a Tester Volunteer Application Form. If your application is approved, a Council staff member will inform you about upcoming tester training sessions. Before you can become a tester, you must attend a mandatory training session and complete a practice test assignment. Volunteers do receive a monetary stipend for completing the practice test assignment.

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