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Help us promote RentWise train-the-trainer workshops

By Becky Hagen Jokela, Extension educator in family resiliency

Being a successful renter has always required certain knowledge and skills. But today’s housing environment poses special challenges.

Rental agreement contract on a table with a pen and key on top.

Nearly 30 percent of Minnesota residents (more than 600,000 households) live in rental units, according to the 2017 State Housing Profile. As rental costs rise, many are paying more than they can afford. Subsidized housing for low-income people has long waiting lists in many communities, and some areas lack all types of affordable housing.

All this makes RentWise, a program developed by the Extension Center for Family Development, more important than ever. The programgives people the knowledge and skills they need to become successful renters.

You can help

RentWise is delivered by community partners. And that’s where you, FD staff and educators, can help.

Do you know someone in your community who might be interested in teaching the RentWise curriculum in one-to-one or group settings? If so, please pass the word about upcoming train-the-trainer workshops:
  • May 31—Crookston
  • June 6—Marshall
  • June 14—Duluth
  • June 19—Bemidji
  • June 21—Hinckley
  • July 26—Minneapolis 
If you know people interested in teaching the RentWise curriculum, ask them to register on the RentWise train-the-trainer workshop page of the Extension website. They also can contact our financial capability team to arrange a workshop in their area. Thank you for helping us identify and train more teachers for this important program!

Learn more about RentWise

The RentWise curriculum covers money management, tenant rights, caring for a rental unit, establishing positive relationships with property managers and neighbors, and using community resources to find affordable housing. RentWise is especially helpful to people at risk of having difficulty obtaining rental housing because of past problems. Learn more about the curriculum.
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