For Tenants

Whether you are interested in knowing your rights as a tenant, finding out how landlords might screen you for a place, or want to boost your apartment hunting skills, Rent Well is for you. This tenant education course that is broken out into twelve 70-minute sections. In this class you will walk through the rental process and discuss the following topics:

  • How laws affect your relationship with your landlord
  • How Landlords screen potential renters
  • Different types of housing options
  • Identifying your housing wants verses needs
  • How to apply for a unit
  • Reviewing rental agreements
  • How to deal with termination and eviction processes
  • Understanding what your landlord expects of you
  • What are the responsibilities of your landlord
  • How to be a good tenant and neighbor
  • How to keep a your home healthy and safe
  • How your choices can affect your housing situation
  • How to communicate with your landlord and neighbors
  • Understanding the landlord’s point of view
  • Setting goals and action steps to achieve your housing plans

Not only will you receive all this important information and more but you will get the opportunity to create a personalized Housing Portfolio tailored to your housing needs. Depending on what county you take the course in you may have access to the Landlord Guarantee Fund once you graduate. This fund can be used as an extra incentive for landlord to rent to you. 

Classes in the Community

Classes are available throughout the Portland metro area. Please note that some classes may charge a fee and/or may not be open to the public. This list is updated as instructors inform us of up-coming classes but if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


Rose Haven
627 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
To Register: call. Class will start on April 19th and end of May 24. Each course is once a week on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm.
Fees: No fee
Eligibility to attend: Interest and room in class. This class is open to women and transgender guests.
Area Served: North Portland area

  1125 SE Madison Street #103B
Portland, OR 97214
To Register (choose one):
1) Register at with a credit/debit card or PayPal account. 2) Register at and mail check/money order (not considered registered until payment received). 3) 3rd party arrangements (agency, case manager, landlord, etc); have contact person call for details. 4) Register in person at the office, by appointment only
$50 for general public
Ages 16 and older. Child care is not provided. Only registered participants may attend.
Area Served: Participants may live anywhere

Reentry Transition Center
1818 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Suite C
Portland, OR 97212
971-255-0547 ext. 207
To Register:
Call or email for information on the next available class
$25 (call for eligibility information)
Area Served:
Multnomah County


Portland Rescue Mission
111 W Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209
To Register:
Walk in, call, or email for the next available class
Area Served:
Multnomah County

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
5135 NE Columbia Boulevard
Portland, OR 97218
503-288-8177 ext. 317
To Register:
Call for appointment to register in person at the office
$50 fee for general public
Primarily serves self-identified Native Americans.
Area Served:
Multnomah County


Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI)
4803 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
To Register:
Call for next available class
Call for information
Area Served:
Multnomah County


Community of Hope
8911 N Leonard Avenue
Portland, OR 97203
To Register: Please email
Fees: $25 
Eligibility: Room in the class and interest level
Service Hours: Next class runs from Saturday June 1, 10, 17, and 24th from 10am-1pm
Area Served: Multnomah County


Young Minds of Awareness
3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Portland, OR 97212
To Register:
Call for next available class
$40 for general public
Area Served: Multnomah County


Community Action
1001 SW Baseline Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123
503-640-3263 (English)
503-726-0821 (Spanish)

To Register: Call and leave a message with your name and phone number by Monday, May 22nd at 8am. Next Class starts May 29th from 9 to 11:30am for 6 weeks.
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish
Area Served: Washington County


Clackamas County Community Action
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

To Register: Class registration is available by phone or online. To register by phone, please call the Rent Well message line at any time and leave a message with your contact information. Rent Well staff will call you back to complete your registration.

To register online, please click on the signup link for the class you are interested in below: 

Monday Daytime Class Series
Start Date: May 22, 2017
End Date: July 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Oregon City, OR
Click Here to Register or call (503) 650-5647

Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish

Area Served: Clackamas County


Thursday Evening Spanish Class Series
Start Date: May 25, 2017
End Date: June 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: To Be Determined

Click here to register or call (503) 650-5647
Languages: Spanish
Area Served: Clackamas County


Jueves por la noche Clases en Español
Fecha de inicio: 25 de May del 2017
Fecha de término:29 de Junio del 2017
Horario:5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tipo de clase:Un día a la semana durante seis semanas
Ubicación: Milwaukie, OR
Llame al número: 503-650-5647 opción #2 para inscribirse


2306 NE Andresen Road
Vancouver, WA 98661

To Register: Call for next available class or to add your name to the waitlist.
Fees: None
Languages: English, interpretation available upon request
Service Hours: Next classes begin Tuesday, August 2, 2016 noon-2:30pm; Wednesday, August 3 noon-2:30pm; and Thursday, August 4 noon-2:30pm
Area Served: Clark County


Consumer Voices Are Born Reach Center (CVAB)
Center for Community Health Building 17
1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Suite A114
Vancouver, WA 98661

To Register: Call to pre-register for next available class
Fees: None
Eligibility: Call for information
Languages: Call for information
Service Hours: Next class begins Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:30-8pm
Area Served: Clark County



Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington
820 11th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
360-423-0140 ext. 84

To Register: Call for information
Fees: None
Languages: Call for information
Area Served: Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties