Overall Curriculum – Participant Workbook
SAMPLE from Winnebago County
As Rent Smart has been delivered in Winnebago County, we have provided participants with a workbook/resource guide to use in the workshops and to take with them as a tenant guide for the future. The sample provided here includes many of the activity worksheets and handouts included in the Rent Smart 2017 curriculum, but not all of them – it has been customized for our audience. In Winnebago County, participants are given the workbook at the first workshop and expected to bring them back for subsequent classes. We have found this approach minimizes handouts at the sessions and helps participants organize materials. We do share a few additional handouts at sessions – like a legal size version of the Rental Agreement (Module F) and the Listening Activity (Module E). One of our community partners pays for the publication of the workbooks.
Feel free to use this workbook as is, adapt to meet your needs, or create your own – the cover of our workbook includes contact information for our office.
Submitted by – Chris Kniep, Winnebago County Family Living Educator
Date posted – June 2017
Module A: How Much Will It Cost? And Can I Afford It?
Module B: Checking Out the Rental Property and the Landlord
- Materials needed: Paper plates labelled with housing needs listed on Handout 1: My Housing Needs (e.g., near bus line, near family/friends, near work, etc., [1 plate per item]) spread around the room. Slips of paper labelled “very important”, “moderately important” and “not important” (multiples of each for every participant). Handout 1: My Housing NeedsSuggested Introduction: We all have different needs in making housing selections―from the neighborhood we live, into the features of the property we are looking at. Knowing what is important and what isn’t helps narrow our search for rental property.Instructions: Have participants walk around the room, placing their very important, moderately important, not important slips on the plates/characteristics that were most important, moderately important, not important. Invite participants to tally the slips on each plate and have the group discuss what the overall group found most important to least important and why these choices were made. (Using the expertise of the group.) Distribute copies of Handout 1: My Housing Needs for later use.―Submitted by Beverly Baker, Racine County Family Living Educator, March 2017
Module C: Application Process
- An alternate activity for this objective is to show the video Renting an Apartment. (Shows how to rent an apartment even if you don’t have a good credit history.)―Submitted by Peggy Olive, March 2017.
Module E: Communications
Module F: Rental Agreements—Moving In, Moving On