Cleveland Tenants Organization, out of cash, suspends operations after more than 40 years

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, which provides free legal services to low-income clients in civil cases, quickly took over CTO's tenant information hotline.

News Story (Ohio)

Michelle Jarboe
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
February 6, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction


The nonprofit law firm also will shoulder more eviction-diversion work, to help tenants who face eviction understand the process and their legal rights. CTO educated both renters and landlords about eviction, though the organization didn’t have money to help displaced tenants pay their rent or security deposits.

Eviction-diversion efforts are an important part of Legal Aid’s strategic plan, Shakarian said. “That’s a huge unmet need in our community,” she said, adding that the organization aims to secure money from foundations or other sources to hire more people.