Hello, Spring! Just as nature celebrates new life awakening all around us, our team has moved to a new office space. We are still not fully settled in and surrounded by unpacked boxes, but very happy with our new home. Please visit or mail us at #211-611 Discovery St., Victoria BC V8T 5G4. We have a new toll-free phone number too: 833-333-7171
This month, Victoria hosted CHRA’s 51st National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, and, of course, we couldn’t miss it. There have been some meaningful discussions on pertinent issues such as emerging practices in social and affordable housing, importance of community housing for resilient communities; and solutions for reconciliation as well as youth homelessness among others. Discussions and debates revealed how far we’ve come but also how much needs to be done to end homelessness. Kate Lambert, our Strategic Program Manager and Susana Guardado, Director of Education facilitated a #VIRENT session on working through tenancy issues for property managers and housing providers.
RentSmart Is now in schools in BC. For a long time now we have been hearing, “we should have learned about this at school!” from participants. We agree. After a few years working with alternative schools we have this year started bringing RentSmart into public schools. There are a few different formats including a flipped classroom model that mixes online learning with in-person practise. We’ve had fun doing Condition Inspection Reports of classrooms, creating roommates out of desk-mates and finding out which students wouldn’t lend us a car! The feedback has been amazing and we’re hoping the students are prepared to start their rental journey.