Cleveland City Council would establish program to provide lawyers for impoverished families facing eviction

Cleveland’s legislation does not identify a source of funding for the legal advice, though Council President Kevin Kelley said he expects the city would need to pick up some of the cost.

News Story (Ohio)

Robert Higgs
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
September 30, 2019

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


Roughly 10,000 eviction cases are filed each a year in Cleveland, according to the Legal Aid Society, which provides lawyers for some clients with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty rate.

Landlords have a tremendous advantage when the cases come to Cleveland Housing Court because only 1% to 2% of tenants have legal representation, Legal Aid’s research shows.

About 75% of landlords appear with lawyers for eviction proceedings.