Updated RentSmart curriculum and materials
It has been a busy year for the RentSmart Team in BC. We have completed our work on updating the curriculum to better meet the needs of low-income renters and have a stronger impact on their rental success. The updated 2019 edition of materials includes the following changes:
- Simplified language, corrected spelling and grammar
- Consistent language use across all documents
- Added legal disclaimer inside covers
- Updated RTA legislation changes
- Matched participant sections to curriculum sections
- Updated PowerPoints to match any changes
One of the most overwhelming concerns we regularly receive from RentSmart Educators is that the cost of manuals creates a barrier to running courses. For a while now, we have been looking for ways to make the manuals available to our Educators for free, while being able to cover the costs associated with maintaining and printing them. With the generous support of BC Housing, we are pleased to offer BC RentSmart Community Educators free manuals to run their courses. Each Educator is eligible to initially receive up to 25 Basics Manuals or 10 Certificate manuals (or a combination of both up to the equivalent cost). To order your free manuals, please log in to the Educator Dashboard. If you have any questions, please contact Aygul.
Free Online Courses
We have also kept participants that live in remote areas or cannot attend in-person courses in mind. With the support of BC Housing, we are offering free RentSmart Online Courses. We can provide Educators or direct users referred by Educators with bursary information. To request free access to the RentSmart online course, please contact Aygul.
RentSmart in High schools
We are launching a second round of RentSmart courses in Greater Victoria high schools for the upcoming school year. This is made possible through generous funding support from Coast Capital Savings and will reach approximately 300 high school students in the Greater Victoria community. The Rent Smart courses, delivered through both in person and online elements, will help students who will be first time tenants to gain the knowledge and life skills for renting and living independently. Learn more.
Big thanks to Home Depot
We would like to express our gratitude to Home Depot for their generous donation to support the purchase of office supplies for our new Victoria office.