Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Second Chance Renter's Rehabilitation Workshops Coming in February

“Second Chance” is for those who are having difficulty finding stable housing because of bad credit or a poor rental history. Even if things are better now, it can be hard to get away from a past eviction or because of property damage that you couldn’t fix.

Consisting of six classes taught by qualified instructors from the community, Second Chance gives you the opportunity to learn about landlord-tenant issues, conflict resolution, energy education, money management, goal setting, and the characteristics of a good tenant.

This education program prepares you for the responsibilities of renting and gives you the skills necessary to be the kind of tenant your landlord will hate to lose!

Second Chance prepares you to approach landlords with confidence and encourages landlords to view prospective tenants with a more open mind.

Topics covered include How to be a Good Tenant, Landlord/Tenant Issues, Energy Education, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, and Basic Budgeting. Those who successfully complete all six sessions of the class will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Recommendation to attach to future rental applications.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information about Second Chance, visit CSC’s website at or contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 for Linn and Benton counties, and Kacy Jensen at 541-574-2281 in Lincoln County.


Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm -3:00pm at 250 Broadalbin St., 2A (upstairs) in Albany. Registration deadline is Monday, February 13.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Read CSC's End-of-Year Newsletter!

CSC's end-of-year newsletter is out! Read more about how YOUR support has helped CSC to do great things this year!

CSC Giving Season Newsletter

CSC Youth Program Makes a Difference

Kennhy came to Corvallis and CSC from Southern California, where he was laid off from his bakery distribution job. Kennhy dropped out of high school to work entry-level, and worked his way up. He came to Corvallis with his spouse and two children, and recognized that he needed to get his GED before moving forward with his life. When he first connected with CSC, he had third-grade reading and math skills. At the age of 22, he had made a decision to better himself.

Within a few months, Kennhy raised his reading level while being tutored at the CSC Youth House. His progress was remarkable, and one day we started discussing books. We commented that he had made so much progress since he arrived. That’s when he said that one of the main reasons he was working so hard was so he could read to his young children. Specifically, he liked to read them Harry Potter. He said that it was good practice for him, and that his kids loved the story and hearing him read it to them. That was his motivation, and he took that to heart.

Kennhy has not only brought up his reading level and math skills - he received his GED and will be going to truck driving school. Kennhy has immersed himself in the community through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, his church, and by being a positive person while moving forward with his life.

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