RentSmart

RentSmart is a housing stability model offering education, life skills, and support to tenants, landlords and community organizations with one goal: successful tenancies. 

In 2019, Pathway to Potential (P2P) and Housing Services worked together to implement the RentSmart program in Windsor-Essex County. An Expression of Interest (EOI) was sent to all appropriate community agencies that would work with prospective tenants and/or landlords. Housing Services incorporated the ongoing commitment to deliver RentSmart in their 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Master Plan.

P2P continues a Community of Practice (CoP) to support community and housing agencies with the delivery of RentSmart courses across Windsor and Essex County.

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RentSmart Service Providers in Windsor-Essex County

P2P has provided support for several community partners to receive RentSmart educator training. The following organizations deliver RentSmart courses to their clients and/or individuals across Windsor and Essex County:

Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB)

  • Open to CMHA-WECB clients, Ontario Works (OW) clients, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) clients, and the community
  • Phone: 519-255-7440

Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County logo, and words, Community well-being is our sole focus.

Community Living Essex County

Community Living Essex County logo and words, Inspiring Possibilities

Downtown Mission - Windsor Youth Centre

Downtown Mission of Windsor logo Windsor Youth Centre logo

The Bridge Youth Resource Centre

  • Serves youth aged 14 to 24 that are clients of The Bridge in Leamington

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University of Windsor

  • One-hour abridged version offered to international students that will be attending the University of Windsor
  • Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 3938

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Housing Information Services of Windsor and Essex County

  • Courses open to Windsor-Essex tenants through housing support workers/the Landlord Liaisons Team
  • Phone: 519-254-4824

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Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation

  • Courses delivered to adults and teenagers at CHC properties, Glengarry and West/East End properties
  • Phone: 519-254-1681

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Windsor Homes Coalition Inc.

  • Open to Windsor-Essex residents, offers transportation for participants within city of Windsor limits (within funding availability)
  • Phone: 519-258-4501

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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.

  • Courses delivered to youth girls and women (newcomers, refugees, and Canadian citizens) in Windsor
  • Phone: 519-256-6621

Womens Enterprise and Skills Training of Windsor Inc. logo

Impact

Community agencies have been delivering RentSmart courses each year since 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some agencies were able to deliver their courses virtually.
Year RentSmart Courses Delivered RentSmart Graduates
2019 66 501
2020 9 87
2021 13 45
2022 14 144

Testimonials

“The RentSmart program and staff helped me to learn about Canadian Landlords and Tenants responsibilities and rights, things to look for when choosing a rental property, how to choose a rental house or apartment, and how to manage your finances and many more. These have been very useful information and tools for me as I integrate into my new Canadian life. I am very thankful to the RentSmart program because it provides me life skills, support and education with one goal, successful tenancies.” - RentSmart Graduate

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to take this course. I have learned a lot about housing, how to be a better tenant and learned what my landlord’s legal obligations are if I ever come across a housing issue.” - RentSmart Graduate

“The RentSmart program is very informative. As a newcomer, I learned many new things in this program, and now I know each and every thing about renting and how to deal with situations associated with it.” - RentSmart Graduate