Acting for Justice Program
The Actors Fund assists the Fair Housing Justice Center by recruiting actors and other entertainment professionals to work as “testers” in the FHJC’s Acting for Justice testing program. Testing is one of the most effective investigative tools used to enforce fair housing laws. Testers pose as ordinary home seekers to observe the business practices of housing providers and others in order to determine if housing providers are complying with fair housing laws. The FHJC’s innovative Acting for Justice testing program is vital to our work to identify, document, and eliminate housing discrimination.
The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all entertainment professionals – both performers and those behind the scenes – in performing arts and entertainment. Through its partnership with the FHJC, The Career Center (formerly the Actors Work Program) has assisted professionals in the entertainment community to identify meaningful employment opportunities that complement their entertainment industry work. Learn more about The Actors Fund.
The FHJC employs, on a part-time basis, more than 150 professional actors who participate in fair housing testing investigations.
Legal Partnerships & Cooperating Attorneys
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) assists the FHJC to develop partnerships with area law firms interested in providing pro bono representation to individuals and organizations who have been subjected to housing discrimination.
The FHJC hosts legal trainings to familiarize FHJC cooperating attorneys with substantive legal issues related to fair housing and civil rights law, and remains available as an ongoing legal resource after a referral is made.
The FHJC welcomes assistance from individual attorneys and law firms interested in representing clients with housing discrimination cases.