Rent Well

We believe that everyone deserves the right to live well, be well, and Rent Well.

Rent Well, a program of Transition Projects, is a 15-hour tenant education program taught by certified instructors in Oregon and Washington. The course is typically taught in 3 to 6 weeks and covers key information and skills for becoming a responsible, successful, and stable tenant.

During this class, participants learn:

  • To identify potential screening barriers

  • Understand how and why a landlord will screen them

  • Review important personal records; such as credit, civil, and criminal reports

  • Create an individualized plan for stable housing

  • Build a household budget that makes paying rent a priority

  • Review rental agreements to understand common terms and expectations

  • Understand the landlord’s perspective

  • Communicate effectively with neighbors and landlords

  • Move-in and move-out of rental units in a professional manner

  • Understand the eviction process and how to avoid it

  • How to maintain a clean, safe, and healthy home

"The Rent Well course was the best thing for me. I could not have made it into housing any other way. Now I am in my own place for the first time in over 13 years. I don't have to live in my truck, car, or in the woods. Truly, homelessness to housing."

- A Recent Program Graduate

Tenant Education

We offer an intensive course to help tenants understand the basics of renting such as understanding your lease.

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Landlord Partnerships

Landlords who rent to Rent Well graduates can apply for the Landlord Incentive Fund, a policy that offers additional assurances.

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Instructor Training

Individuals at partner agencies can become Certified Rent Well Instructors to help more people access this training.

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Contact Us

For questions about operations or Rent Well Program please send us an email or
call Caitlyn Kennedy Young, our program administrator, at 503.515.1328.