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 bill's introduction was covered by the Cleveland Plains-Dealer and Law360.  You can also check out the press release from Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.  



The NCCRC has worked with advocates over the last several years to advance this bill.