The Rent Right Program is designed to provide participants the skills, materials, and confidence necessary to find and maintain stable housing. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a Preferred Renter Certificate as a way to demonstrate their readiness for sustaining housing. When a landlord receives an application or has a current tenant with this certificate, they will know the applicant or tenant is invested in being a successful renter, knowledgeable about resources, and connected to service providers, such as a financial coach. Experienced teaching teams from CVOEO’s Vermont Tenants and Financial Futures programs collaborate to offer the following free classes and coaching experiences.
- Tenant Skills includes the fundamentals of tenant rights & responsibilities, leases, security deposits, repairs, health code violations, terminations, evictions, fair housing and disability law.
- Sustaining the Rent develops the knowledge and skills needed to track spending, build a budget, determine savings needed to be ready to rent, evaluate strategies for building savings, and set a timeline for saving for an apartment.
- Finding Housing and Getting Ready to Rent is two-fold: 1) How to organize a housing search and approach potential landlords, including addressing barriers such as a criminal record or past eviction; 2) Strategies to financially prepare for renting, including determining what "affordable" rent would be and comparing costs of apartments, understanding how credit affects the ability to pay rent, and knowing where to find resources to help meet housing and basic needs.
- Financial Coaching: After completing the three classes above, participants meet one-on-one with a financial coach to review their credit report, discuss action steps to improve credit, assessing current savings and capacity to increase savings, and discuss how expenses will change as participants go from current living situation to renting and strategies adapt to these changes.
All workshops are offered as 90 minute webinars and can be taken in any order - take one class or the full series!