Rent Well


Rent Well is a 15-hour class typically delivered over 6 weeks that covers key information for being a responsible and stable tenant. Participants explore screening barriers they may have and take steps to address those barriers. Rent Well would be appropriate for people with poor/no credit, past evictions, no rental history, criminal history, and/or other screening barriers to rental housing and who are low-income, at risk of homelessness, or currently homeless. 

Upon completion, participants receive a certificate that can be presented to landlords when applying for housing. Certificates are valid for 18 months and list the graduation date as well as the expiration date. Each time an individual graduates from Rent Well, they receive a new certificate valid for 18 months. Certificates can be used anywhere in Oregon.

Landlords are eligible to register for the Rent Well Landlord Guarantee, which may cover damages, unpaid rent, or eviction costs if a Rent Well tenant vacates the unit, not in good standing, within 12 months of the move-in date. Amount of guarantee varies depending on the county in which the graduate completed Rent Well, as well as funding availability. The Rent Well Landlord Guarantee cannot pay rent or fees to keep the tenant in housing. Landlords may call 503-802-8374 for more information. 


CLASSES IN OREGON

Multnomah County | Washington County | Clackamas County
 

CLASSES IN WASHINGTON

Clark CountyCowlitz County


MULTNOMAH COUNTY

LIFEABILITY
ADDRESS
: 1125 SE Madison Street #103B, Portland, OR 97214
PHONE: 503-941-0126
EMAILinfo@lifeability.net
TO REGISTER (choose one):

  • Register at www.lifeability.net/calendar with a credit/debit card or PayPal account
  • Register at www.lifeability.net/calendar and mail check/money order (not considered registered until payment received)
  • 3rd party arrangements (agency, case manager, landlord, etc); have contact person call for details
  • Register in person at the office, by appointment only

FEES: $50 for general public
ELIGIBILITY: Ages 16 and older. Child care is not provided. Only registered participants may attend.
AREA SERVED: Participants may live anywhere

 

REENTRY TRANSITION CENTER
ADDRESS
: 1818 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Suite C, Portland, OR 97212
PHONE: 971-255-0547 ext. 206
EMAILctogo@mercycorpsnw.org
TO REGISTER: Call or email for information on the next available class
FEES: Cost to public: $10; Cost to clients: $5 (call for eligibility information to become a client)
AREA SERVED: Multnomah County

 

PORTLAND RESCUE MISSION
ADDRESS
: 111 W Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
PHONE: 503-906-7690
EMAILmalia.pearson@pdxmission.org or andew.hall@pdxmission.org
TO REGISTER: Walk in, call, or email for the next available class
FEES: None
AREA SERVED: Multnomah County

 

YOUNG MINDS OF AWARENESS
ADDRESS
: 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
PHONE: 503-975-7992
EMAILinfo@ymapdx.org
TO REGISTER: Call for next available class
FEES: $40 for general public
AREA SERVED: Multnomah County

 

NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER (NAYA)
ADDRESS
: 5135 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland, OR 97218
PHONE: 503-288-8177 ext. 317
TO REGISTER: Call for appointment to register in person at the office
FEES: $50 fee for general public
ELIGIBILITY: Primarily serves self-identified Native Americans
AREA SERVED: Multnomah County

 

ROSE HAVEN
ADDRESS
: 627 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
PHONE: 503-248-6364
EMAILinfo@rosehaven.org
TO REGISTER: Call for next available class
FEES: None
ELIGIBILITY: Single women and women with children
AREA SERVED: Multnomah County


WASHINGTON COUNTY

COMMUNITY ACTION
ADDRESS
: 1001 SW Baseline Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
PHONE: 503-640-3263 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish)
TO REGISTER: Call for next available class
FEES: None
LANGUAGES:  English, Spanish
AREA SERVED: Washington County


CLACKAMAS COUNTY

COMMUNITY ACTION
ADDRESS
: 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
PHONE: 503-650-5647
TO REGISTER: Call the Rent Well message line at any time and leave a message with your contact information to be added to a waitlist. When additional classes have been scheduled, messages will be returned to start the signup process. 
FEES: None
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish
AREA SERVED: Clackamas County


CLARK COUNTY

SHARE
ADDRESS
: 2306 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA 98661
PHONE: 360-448-2121
TO REGISTER: Call for next available class or to add your name to the waitlist. 
FEES: None
LANGUAGES: English, interpretation available upon request
SERVICE HOURS: Next classes begin Tuesday September 6, 2016 9:30am-12pm; Wednesday September 7, 2016 9:30am-12pm; and Wednesday September 15, 2016 2pm-4:30pm.
AREA SERVED: Clark County

 

CONSUMER VOICES ARE BORN REACH CENTER (CVAB)
ADDRESS
: Center for Community Health Building 17, 1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Suite A114, Vancouver, WA 98661
PHONE: 360-397-8050
TO REGISTER: Call to pre-register for next available class. Classes are offered quarterly.
FEES: None
AREA SERVED: Clark County


COWLITZ COUNTY

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
ADDRESS
: 820 11th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
PHONE: 360-423-0140 ext. 84
TO REGISTER: Call for next available class
FEES: None
AREA SERVED: Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties