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

Currently 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

The classes listed below are the classes that are open to the public only. There are 51 agencies in Multnomah County alonethat teach Rent Well but most only teach it to their current or past participants. If you are working with a non-profit, case manger, or social services agency feel free to ask them if they teach Rent Well to see if you can get into one of those clases as well.



Community of Hope
8911 N Leonard St., Portland, OR 97203
To Register:
Please email for upcoming dates.
Area Served:
Multnomah County  

: 1125 SE Madison Street #103B, Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 503-941-0126
To Register (choose one):

  • Register at with a credit/debit card or PayPal account
  • Register at and mail check/money order (not considered registered until payment received)
  • 3rd party arrangements (agency, case manager, landlord, etc); have contact person call for details
  • Register in person at the office, by appointment only
  • Fees: $50 for general public
    Eligibility: Ages 16 and older. Child care is not provided. Only registered participants may attend.
    Area Served: Participants may live anywhere



    Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
    Address: 5135 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland, OR 97218
    Phone: 503-288-8177 ext. 317
    To Register: Not currently accepting appointments
    Fees: $50 fee for general public
    Eligibilty: Primarily serves self-identified Native Americans
    Area Served: Multnomah County


    Rose Haven
    : 627 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
    Phone: 503-248-6364
    To Register: Call or email for more information
    Fees: None
    Eligibility: Single women and women with children
    Area Served: Multnomah County

    Young Minds of Awareness

    Address: 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
    Phone: 503-975-7992
    To Register: Call for next available class
    Fees: $40 for general public
    Area Served: Multnomah County


    Community Action
    : 1001 SW Baseline Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
    Phone: 503-726-0821 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish)
    To Register: Morning Classes at Community Action Hillsboro site, starting on Wednesday, January 17 through February 21 9:00 am to 11:30 am or Evening Classes at PCC Willow Creek, starting on Tuesday, January 23 through February 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Call for registration
    Fees: None
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Area Served: Washington County


    Community Action
    : 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
    Phone: 503-650-5647
    To Register: Register online or call the Rent Well message line at any time and leave a message with your contact information to be added to a waitlist. When additional classes have been scheduled, messages will be returned to start the signup process. Messages are generally returned within 1 week and classes generally start every 1-2 months.

    Next Classes:

    Wednesday Daytime Class Series
    Start Date: January 10, 2018
    End Date: February 14, 2018
    Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm
    Class Type: 6-week series
    Location: Oregon City, OR
    Register online or call (503) 650-5647

    Monday Daytime Class Series
    Start Date: Februrary 26, 2018
    End Date: April 2, 2018
    Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Class Type: 6-week series
    Location: Milwaukie, OR
    Register online or call (503) 650-5647

    Fees: None
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Area Served: Clackamas County



    Consumer Voices Are Born - Reach Center (CVAB)
    Address: Center for Community Health Building 17, 1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Suite A114, Vancouver, WA 98661
    Phone: 360-397-8050
    To Register: Call to pre-register for next available class. Classes are offered quarterly.
    Fees: None
    Area Served: Clark County

    : 2306 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA 98661
    Phone: 360-448-2121
    To Register: Call for next available class
    Next Classes: Begin on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 1pm-3:30pm; Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10am-12:30pm; and Monday, September 11, 2017 5:30pm-8pm
    Fees: None
    Languages: English, interpretation or signing by arrangement
    Area Served: Clark County