Ready to Rent BC
Our Impact Why We Exist
R2R attaches great importance to what participants have experienced as renters. A program evaluation including survey and interviews with RentSmart graduates was conducted in Fall 2015:
Fully two-thirds (66%) of respondents used the RentSmart Certificate when applying for housing. Of the people who used the Certificate when looking for housing, 70% said it helped them.
All survey participants (100%) said that the course increased their knowledge of renting.
Nearly all (92%) said they had grown much more confident about renting.
86% reported that the education helped them keep their housing and 72% said it helped them get their housing.
Respondents were very enthusiastic about the course. They said they would recommend it to anyone they knew. “Even if you thought you knew a lot, there was always something new to learn!” -- R2R graduate
Housing providers see the difference R2R education makes: ‘I have never had to evict someone with a RentSmart certificate’-- Janice Webster; Capital Regional Housing Corporation
Our Story What We Do
Ready to Rent BC was founded by a group of citizens and service-related agencies in the Victoria region that came together to find solutions for unstably housed and homeless families. Our first course was piloted in 2009, and Ready to Rent BC (R2R) was incorporated in 2011. Since then, R2R has been steadily expanding to meet the need for pro-active solutions that increase housing stability and prevent homelessness.
R2R provides education that builds the skills, knowledge and confidence of participants while respecting them as adult learners through engaged and participatory curriculum. As our educational programs have grown throughout British Columbia, we recognize that every tenant and landlord could benefit from R2R’s education.
Our Programs How We Do It
Ready to Rent BC assists those who want to understand their role as tenants, may face barriers to housing, and want to reduce those barriers. Ready to Rent came out of the women’s transition house movement, who witnessed barriers to housing that women and their children faced when fleeing domestic abuse. Common barriers to housing are affordability, lack of references, poor credit history, and discrimination. R2R courses offer tools to reduce these barriers, increase housing stability and ultimately, prevent homelessness. As Ready to Rent tested the educational model, more groups working with people who face barriers to housing adopted the Ready to Rent model. These groups represent youth transitioning out of care, Aboriginal leaving reserve, low income seniors, low income families, newcomers and refugees, among others. Many RentSmart graduates rent from housing providers across BC and there is a growing number of graduates that access private market rentals as well.
Ready to Rent builds capacity with community partners to deliver education across BC. As of April 2016, Ready to Rent has over 50 community partners and 93 community educators across BC.
What You Can Do
Financial support will enable Ready to Rent BC to expand across BC with the goal of building housing stability and preventing homelessness.