Second Chance Renter’s Education

Housing Assistance Program

Second Chance Renter’s Education

If you’ve ever been evicted, you know that most landlords may not consider renting to you or anyone with damaged rental history. If you’ve experienced homelessness or unstable housing for any amount of time, you know that it can be hard to share your experiences. 

Second Chance Renters offers tenant education through a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach. 

Second Chance is a series of 8 powerful and informative classes taught by St. Vincent de Paul staff and local community experts. The series’ unique approach teaches skills building; coaches accountability; and promotes self-confidence to build participant success throughout the course and beyond. 

Second Chance covers 

  • Mental health awareness 
  • Conflict resolution for neighborhood and landlord disputes
  • Taking control of energy usage and household maintenance
  • Financial literacy and household finance 
  • Tenant Rights as outlined by Oregon landlord-tenant and fair-housing laws 

Participants learn their basic rights and responsibilities as tenants. Second Chance offers a safe space to practice communication skills, self-advocacy, and to share personal experiences. During this course program participants will have access to St. Vincent de Paul’s Second Chance Renters Education Course Pack. This book hosts readings, activities, and letter templates that you can use to create your housing toolkit. These materials will prepare you for obstacles you may encounter on your housing journey.  

Our goal is that every course graduate has the skills, resources, and support they need to attain, maintain, and retain housing. Our team of dedicated staff are ready to help you accomplish your goals. With the information, resources, and support we offer, you will learn how to overcome barriers that keep you from accessing stable housing and accomplishing your goals.

The cost to attend is by donation only – we want this series to be accessible to all.  

Housing Assistance Program

Our next Second Chance series begins Sept. 14, 2022

Staff will reach out with an invitation to an orientation class via email for enrollment confirmation. Please note: the series is structured to meet virtually on via Zoom once a week for 8 weeks. If you need to miss a class, a one-on-one session will be scheduled to help meet your needs. The fall session will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., from Sept. 14 to Nov. 9, 2022.

Upon graduation and completion of all required activities, Second Chance participants receive a letter of reference and a certificate of completion that is honored by landlords throughout Lane County.

For additional information, please contact our Course Facilitator – Chelisa Hernandez

Lindholm Social Services Office
456 Highway 99 N
Eugene OR 97402

(541) 607-0439 ext. 224