All about Cleveland's exploration of tenant right to counsel
08/21/2019, Legislation, Housing - Evictions
On August 21, 2019, a bill was introduced to the Cleveland City Council that would provide a right to counsel for families with children facing eviction who are at or below 100% of the federal poverty line. Eviction has roughly 9,000 evictions filed per year and only 1-2% of tenants currently have counsel. The bill asserts that
lack of legal counsel for tenants during eviction cases is a violation of a basic human right ... this housing emergency destabilizes families and neighborhoods, especially the most vulnerable among us, resulting in homelessness, decreased property values, and harm to social tranquility and the general welfare of the City ...these conditions pose a serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City, as well as to the City’s economic stability, viability and growth.
The NCCRC has worked with advocates over the last several years to advance this bill.