Despite summer being a somewhat slower season, we have been busy preparing a few projects for this fall, some of which we’ll announce in the coming issues.
Following a successful research phase on risk mitigation funds, we are almost ready to launch the BC pilot of the RentSmart Guarantee Fund. Slated to launch on the 10th of October, the Fund will help eligible RentSmart graduates to access housing by serving as a third party guarantee that covers up to $5,000 in damages and arrears after the security deposit is used. Stay tuned for more information on the partners and process. The project is made possible in the Lower Mainland through pilot funding of $75,000 from Vancity Community Foundation.
This summer, we welcomed Jacqueline Rimmer, a brilliant branding expert and graphic designer into our team. With 20 years in the branding and design industry and passion for working with high-performing women entrepreneurs to create their signature brand, Jacqueline brings unique skills and expertise at the crucial time of RentSmart continued growth across Canada. We are also lucky to have two talented students, Luna and Ricky, join our team for 8 weeks as part of Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program. If you’ve noticed a spike in our social media activity and public communication – it’s all thanks to them!