About the Report
This site highlights Stout’s annual independent evaluation of Cleveland’s Eviction Right to Counsel for 2023, published January 31, 2024.
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 multi-year evaluator of Cleveland’s Eviction Right to Counsel. Over the past 3 1/2 years, Stout has worked with United Way and Legal Aid 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.