Mission statement: To deliver housing education and related services.
Vision: Community well- being through housing education and support.
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. Ready to Rent is focused on widening the reach of educational model, developing new course products and building capacity to scale.
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.