About the Report
As of July 1, 2020 – the City of Cleveland was only the 4th city in the United States to legislate a Right to Counsel in eviction cases. The effort is funded initially as a public-private partnership, with a goal of being fully funded by government support as studies highlight long-term sustainability and return on community investment.
In September 2020, Stout was engaged as the three-year evaluator of Cleveland’s Eviction Right to Counsel. Over the past two-and-a-half years, Stout has worked with United Way of Greater Cleveland and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to collect and analyze data, learn from the experience and expertise of Cleveland eviction ecosystem stakeholders including Legal Aid staff attorneys, paralegals, and attorneys representing rental property owners, and develop an iterative approach to evaluation.
This site highlights Stout’s annual independent evaluation of Cleveland’s Eviction Right to Counsel for 2022, published January 31, 2023.