Want to Become a Successful Tenant? Rent Well can Help
Renting is more complicated than many people understand. It’s a business relationship, and you need to understand your rights and responsibilities to be a successful renter.
Rent Well is a 15-hour tenant education class that helps you become a successful, stable renter by providing information that can help you build a positive relationship with your landlord. Additionally, if you have ever been denied housing, Rent Well can help you explore any screening barriers you may have, such as evictions, credit problems or criminal history. The class will walk you through steps to address those barriers and prepare you to be a successful, stable tenant in the future.
Who can benefit from the Rent Well Tenant Education Program?
What will I learn in a Rent Well Tenant Education Class?
How will a Rent Well Tenant Education Class help prepare me to be a successful renter?
When and where are classes held?
If you are a client of a community agency check with that agency first to find out if there may be a Rent Well class available for you.
Rent Well classes are held at a wide variety of community agencies for their clients and for those who meet their eligibility criteria.
The following are just a few of these type of offerings.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Independent Living Resources
Eligibility: ILR provides the Rent Well Program to individuals with disabilities only. If you do not have a disability please contact one of the other Rent Well Programs listed.
Upcoming Training: Next class expected to begin in April
Location: 1839 NE Couch Street, Portland 97232
Cost to public: Free
Contact number for sign up: 503-232-7411
Location: 1125 SE Madison Street, Portland OR 97214 Suite #103B
Dates: Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm - June 3 through July 15, 2015 (no class week of July 4th)
Saturdays 6:00pm-9:00pm - June 27 through August 8, 2015 (no class week of July 4th)
Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm - July 29 through September 2, 2015
Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm - August 1 through September 5, 2015
Notes: This training meets once a week, for 6 weeks. There is no childcare available and only registered participants may attend. If you have disability needs, please let us know ahead of time so we can try to best accomodate.
How to register - pick which option works best for you:
NAYA Family Center
Location: 5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97218
Cost to public: $50
Dates: July 7th, 2015 - August 11th, 2015
Notes: Training meets once a week for six weeks. 20 slots available. Must register in person at the office, by appointment only. If you have disability needs, please let NAYA know ahead of time to try and accomodate.
Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle
Location: 1712 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97232
Cost to public: Free
Dates: No current classes available
Portland Rescue Mission
Location: 111 SW Burnside St, Portland OR 97209
Cost to public: Free
Dates: Thursday 12:00pm - 1:30pm July 23rd, 2015 - October 8th, 2015
Young Minds of Awareness
Location: 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97212 (lower floor, basement area)
Cost to public: $40
Dates: Saturday, July 25, 2015 - August 29th, 2015 12:00pm-2pm
Intake: Please contact Christian at Office:503-381-0804 or Outreach:503-975-7992
SEI Community and Family Programs
No current information available. Please call 503-285-0493 for any questions regarding the program.
Human Solutions, Inc.
Registration will be done through random lottery. Please call 503-548-0211 during the designated time. Typically there are 4-6 spaces available to the public callers each month. If you are selected through the random lottery, you will be contacted. Please make sure your contact numbers are valid. If Human Solutions is unable to contact you, or leave a message and do not hear back from you by a provided deadline, they will move on to another participant. If you are not selected for the class space, you will not be contacted.
Upcoming Training: September 3, 2015 - September 24, 2015
Time: Thursdays 9:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Rockwood Building, 124 NE 181st Ave. Portland, OR 97230
Intake for lottery: August 1 - August 20, if you are selected you will be notified by August 26.
Transition Projects, Inc.
Upcoming Training: July 18th, 2015 - August 22nd, 2015
Time: Saturdays 9am - noon
Location: BCC Day Center, 650 NW Irving St. Portland, OR 97209
Sign Up: July 7th 10am-noon. Walk in to sign up, first-come first-served, 12 seats available.
Community Action Serving Washington County
Next Training: Call Community Action at 503-640-3263 to register for next available series of classes.
Llame al 503-726-0821 para información acerca de otras clases de Rent Well en español.
Clackamas County Social Services
Next Trainings: Classes are ongoing and available. Classes usually take place on Mondays 11am-1:30pm in Oregon City and Tuesdays 5:00pm-7:30pm in Milwaukie. Call 503-650-5647 for intake and next available class.
Eligibility: Participants must be Clackamas County residents to be eligible for this class.
Notes: Participants must attend an intake screening, call for appointment.
Clark County Social Services
Next Trainings: Rent Well classes in Clark County are only offered through specific agencies for their clients.
Eligibility: Participants must be engaged in services through one of the agencies listed below, check with your case manager to see if a class is available.
Notes: Classes are offered through Share, Second Step Housing, CVAB, Community Services NW, The Salvation Army, Impact NW, TPI and the Vancouver Housing Authority.
The Longview Housing Authority in Cowlitz County, WA offers Rent Well classes through a partnership with Clark County.
Home Forward does not offer Rent Well classes.