RentSmart was developed by a group of tenants, service providers and housing providers in Greater Victoria. The goal is to find solutions for people and families who experience housing instability and are vulnerable to homelessness.
Community well-being through housing education and support.
To deliver housing education and related services
RentSmart started at Ready to Rent BC in 2009, and was founded to solve issues related to housing instability and homelessness. Many people face barriers to accessing housing and the model aims to build capacity, provide a certificate that acts as a reference, and support to find and stay housed. Successful tenancies can prevent homelessness.
Since 2015, RentSmart has been sharing the model and lessons learned with communities across Canada. To date, over 55 communities have been trained and certified to deliver the RentSmart program.