Community Services Consortium CLASSES FOR SECOND CHANCE RENTER’S PROGRAM Setting Goals/Self Esteem This class focuses on setting personal goals. We discuss goals concerning housing, employment, and money management. The SMART goal setting strategy is presented and participants are asked to write down their short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals. Self esteem is also presented in this class. We discuss what self-esteem is. Participants fill out a self-evaluation questionnaire. The participants are given handouts and information to take home with them. How to be a Good Tenant This class goes over a rental agreement, communication with the landlord, and actions needed to be taken to get and keep an apartment. Participants watch two videos, one on how to be a good tenant and one on how to clean their home. Handouts and information are given to participants to take home with them. Conflict Resolution The instructor gives a short introduction on what conflict resolution is all about. Each participant takes a “test” that shows their mode of dealing with conflict. After the test is completed the group talks about the different styles. Participants learn tools for resolving issues in a manner which creates satisfying solutions to problems. Landlord/Tenant Issue This class teaches both landlord and tenant rights. Each participant receives a copy of the Landlord - Tenant Laws in Oregon. The instructor talks specifically about both landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities. She also talks in-depth about credit reports (how to get one, what to do about errors, etc.). Misconceptions about evictions are also discussed. Energy Education Participants are given information and tools to lower their energy bills. They watch a video on 10 ways to lower their energy bill. They are also given energy saving devices to take home with them. Money Management This class focuses on financial goals and budgeting. Participants are given several worksheets concerning budgeting and setting goals. A game demonstrating wants vs. needs is also presented to the class. Tips on saving money are discussed, as well as steps for getting out of debt.
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