Cleveland Housing Court Sees Fewer-Than-Expected Eviction Filings

News Story (Ohio)

WCPN IdeaStream Public Radio
June 22, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


There were far fewer new eviction filings in Cleveland Housing Court last week than the court expected, despite a months-long moratorium on evictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Housing Court Judge W. Moná Scott credits the city’s rental assistance program, which will disperse $11.3 million in federal money to Cleveland residents. Abigail Staudt, a managing attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, said her office saw a 25 percent increase over the same time last year in calls from people with housing problems the week before the court reopened.