Growth: A total of over 97 communities across Canada trained in delivering RentSmart. In the 2018/2019 year, 39 new communities join the RentSmart network.
Meeting Demand Online: New and improved, BC, Alberta and Ontario online RentSmart Certificate courses were launched! Now RentSmart is accessible to those who prefer individual learning or live in remote/rural communities. This year, over 250 users benefited from the online course .
A small pilot of blended online and in-person learning was implemented successfully in a few high schools in BC with participation of about 200 students . Evaluations showed that students at this age highly appreciate gaining the knowledge and life skills for renting and living independently.
RentSmart Basics Graduates told us…
“Take the course if you are stuck and in need of help.”
“Fantastic program! RentSmart is very informative, easy to understand, inclusive, and well-organized”
Last year, over 565 people took the Certificate course. This year, over 1149 people took the Certificate course in-person a 103% increase.
RentSmart Certificate graduates told us…
“…My rent was always late; and i was always under a lot of stress because of eviction notices. Today, my bills are under control. Today, I am a good tenant, able to make my apartment my home, thank you”
“What I learned at RentSmart has kept this roof over my families [sic] head for almost three years, I am very grateful. I always recommend Rentsmart to people looking for a home”
We’ve also recently conducted a survey of RentSmart Certificate graduates, and here’s what we discovered:
- 91.5% said they have a positive relationship with their landlord.
- 81.2% agreed that since taking the RentSmart course their relationship with the landlord improved
- 86.3% said that taking care of their place is easier as a result of taking the course.
- 98.4% said that taking the course provided them with the knowledge they need to be a good tenant
- 94.4% stated that their RentSmart educator was knowledgeable and helpful
RentSmart Educators told us…
“I had a fellow take RentSmart who had no idea he could find housing on his own, he thought he had to wait for a housing worker which is always a long wait. He was so excited and immediately began looking after module 2 and found a place before the course was even finished. I have another guy who calls me every so often to tell me that he is still housed and his certificate is on his wall.”
“Participants in our RentSmart courses consistently find rentals while being in the course. They say that the knowledge of the rental application process and their increased self-confidence in speaking with a prospective landlord helped them secure a rental.”