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Are You Familiar with Your Rights & Responsibilities under Fair Housing Law?

Be sure to check in with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO). The Council serves Oregon and Southwest WA offering free information and assistance to both tenants and housing providers pertaining to fair housing (civil rights) laws.
The Council promotes equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on “protected class status” in any housing transaction and, in fact, any housing situation. Fair Housing Laws Apply To:

  • individual homes, duplexes, multifamily housing (apartments, condos, and townhomes), retirement housing, adult foster homes and long-term care facilities, homeless shelters and other nonprofit housing, etc.
  • sales, rentals, mortgage lending, building and construction, home insurance, appraisals, and inspections, as well as neighbor-on-neighbor harassment

 Visit fhco.org for more information and resources or call the Hotline at 503-223-8197 (ext. 2) or 1-800-424-3247 (ext. 2).

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?

People who have never rented before and have no rental history or those with no recent rental history due to homelessness
People who have poor rental history or rental screening barriers like evictions, bad credit and poor landlord references
People who have criminal histories
People who have a good rental history but want to better understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant

What will I learn in a Rent Well Tenant Education Class?

The landlord’s perspective and expectations
Tenant responsibilities and rights
How to use good communication skills with your landlord
How to be a good neighbor
How to maintain a clean, safe and healthy home

How will a Rent Well Tenant Education Class help prepare me to be a successful renter?

Pre-screening yourself from a landlord’s perspective to highlight any potential pitfalls
Creating a personalized plan for stable housing
Creating a workable household budget that makes paying rent a priority
Reviewing rental agreements to understand common terms and expectations
Creating a housing portfolio that will show landlords your qualifications as 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

Multnomah County

Independent Living Resources
Upcoming Training: Next class expected to begin in April
Location: 1839 NE Couch Street, Portland 97232
Dates: TBD
Cost to public: Free
Contact number for sign up: 503-232-7411

LifeAbility:

Location: 1125 SE Madison Street, Portland OR 97214 Suite #103B
Dates: Saturdays 5:00pm-8:00pm – Jan 31 through March 7, 2015

Wednesdays, 10:00am-1:00pm – Feb 25 through April 1, 2015
Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm – Feb 28 through April 4, 2015

Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm – March 25 through April 29, 2015 
Saturdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm – March 28 through May 2, 2015 
Cost: $50
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 accommodate.
How to register – pick which option works best for you:
Register on website www.lifeability.net with a credit/debit card or PayPal account
Register on website mailing check/money order (not registered until payment received)
3rd party arrangements (agency, case manager, landlord, etc) Have your contact person ask for details
Register in person – at the office, by appointment only
For more information contact us – Phone – 503-941-0126  Email –  info@lifeability.net   Online – www.lifeability.net

Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle

Location: 1712 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97232
Upcoming Trainings: Call for information
Class space is limited on a first come first served basis. Must be present at the first class in order to continue.
Please call 503-239-1266 to sign up. Leave a message with your name and phone number and please say that you are interested in the Rent Well class.

Young Minds of Awareness
Upcoming Training: Six week course beginning Friday, February 13, 2015 ending March 20, 2015
Time: Fridays 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 3802 NE MLK BLVD. Portland, OR. 97212
​Cost to public: $40​  ($20 for YMA clients)
Contact number for sign up: 503-975-7992

Rose Haven
Location: 627 NW 18th Ave Portland, Oregon 97209
Upcoming Training: No current information available.
Please call 503-248-6364 x301 for any questions regarding the program.
Cost: Free
Registration: This class is first come first served.
You must speak to someone to reserve, leaving a message will NOT reserve your spot. Class space is limited and may fill up quickly.
Note: For women only. Snacks will be provided. Childcare is not provided.

SEI Community and Family Programs
No current information is available. Please call 503-285-0493 for any questions regarding the program.

Human Solutions, Inc.
No current information is available. Please call 503-548-0200 for any questions regarding the program.

Transition Projects, Inc.
No current information is available. Please call 503-280-4700 for any questions regarding the program.

Washington County
Community Action Serving Washington County
No current information is available. Please call 503-640-3263 for any questions regarding the program.
Llame al 503-640-3263 para información acerca de otras clases Rent Well el español, llame al 503-726-0821.

Clackamas County
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,WA
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.
Contact: Jon Dieter, Longview Housing Authority, 360-423-0140 x. 21,  jdieter@longviewha.org

Home Forward does not offer Rent Well classes. 
Staff of non-profit organizations who wish to become certified instructors or landlords with questions about the program can contact Home Forward for more information.

* Housing Connections uses reasonable efforts to be as factual and accurate as possible and makes no warranties or representations, either expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information on this site or other sites to which this site links.

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