This month’s spotlight is on Patricia McKay from the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. Patricia just completed running a public course for seniors and shares her wisdom on being a Rentsmart Educator.
I care about housing stability and homelessness prevention because: The cost of housing is very high in Victoria and this impacts the most vulnerable sector of the population: seniors, single moms, women fleeing abuse, youth and new Canadians, amongst others. It is important to support these vulnerable populations to acquire safe and secure housing so that they can move on with other issues in their lives.
In my role at Victoria Womens Transition House Society, I am a counsellor in third stage supportive housing, supporting older women who have a history of domestic violence and abuse.
The RentSmart education model is empowering because: It provides participants with a toolbox that can support their journey from hard to house individuals to becoming responsible tenants who are aware of their rights and responsibilities as well as those of the landlord and the laws that govern rentals in BC.
If I were to share one tip to fellow RentSmart Educators it would be: Recognize that everyone brings value and expertise to the group and welcome that. Oh and have fun!