Why RENT for Housing Help Training?

RENT, as developed by Toronto's Housing Help Sector, has not only determined the essential skills for housing help services, but gets direct feedback from members to deliver training in emerging issues, delivered by local experts, so that housing workers can learn strategies which will immediately benefit their work.

RENT Training is available in person, with materials posted on line, and in some cases, videos of sessions are available on-line.

Training Opportunities offered by RENT include:

Housing Help Services Certificate:

The Housing Help Services Certificate (HHSC) is a comprehensive professional development certificate that provides skills and competencies to housing workers in order to serve clients more effectively within the housing and homelessness sector. Staff completing this certificate will benefit from up-to-date training in this specialized, housing-focused, area of service delivery.

  • The current series runs May 1 to June 3, 2019
  • Consists of six days of training, one day per week, 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Costs $450 per participant to register
  • Training is delivered at locations in Toronto


  • You must be employed by an agency or organization within Toronto
  • Payment must be received in full and in advance by the registration deadline April 24th 2019.

Spring 2019 Training Schedule:

  • Introduction to Housing Help Services (Wednesday May 1, 2019)
  • Landlords and Tenants (Wednesday May 8, 2019)
  • Housing Standards and Rooming Houses (Half Day; Wednesday May 15, 2019)
  • Eviction Prevention (Half Day; Wednesday May 15, 2019)
  • Budgeting and Resource Management (Half Day; Wednesday May 22, 2019)
  • Understanding Mental Health and Harm Reduction in Housing (Half Day; Wednesday May 22, 2019)
  • Case Management (Wednesday May 29, 2019)
  • Ontario's Social Assistance Programs (Monday June 3, 2019)

Registration is now open!! Click here to download the registration form.
  • To register, download this registration form and fax a completed copy to 416-686-8282 or e-mail a scanned copy to
  • Fees must be received in full and in advance by April 24th, 2019. Cheques must be made payable to East York East Toronto Family Resources. Payment must be issued by an agency, no personal cheques accepted.
  • For more information about the Housing Help Services Certificate contact Thania Valle, Training Facilitator, at 647-259-9336 or

RENT Workshops:

Monthly workshops on emerging issues and cross sectoral networking, so Housing Workers can keep current, and connect with other workers providing different services. RENT emerging issues workshops are designed with the housing help sector in mind, delivered by local experts in the topic.

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Onsite Housing Help Services Training:

Onsite training on the Housing and Homelessness Reduction Sector is offered by RENT free of charge to agencies where Housing is an element of the services offered.

The onsite training is aimed at assisting teams to further understand Housing Help Services and their role in promoting housing stability. The training is tailored to your organization's specific needs, and can include the following topics:

  • What do housing professionals do?
  • How do people access affordable housing in Toronto?
  • What supportive or special needs programs exist?
  • How do workers and programs help prevent eviction?
  • Which specialized programs are important to know about?
  • What to do to help a client facing eviction?
  • How can I make effective referrals?
To find out more information or to book a trainer today please call the Training Facilitator at 647-259-9336.

Other Training Opportunities:

RENT also posts a list of training offered by other organizations in the field that would be of interest to our membership.  Upcoming conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures of interest to the housing sector are advertised along with a list and links to ongoing and regular training sessions.


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