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

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"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

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Tenant Education

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

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.

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.