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Cleveland Housing Court to Co-host Resource Clinic with Ward 8 Councilman Michael D. Polensek

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at Collinwood Recreation Center

July 27, 2022 -- Judge W. Moná Scott and Cleveland Housing Court will hold a Housing Resource Clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 16, with Cleveland Councilman Michael D. Polensek in Ward 8 at the Collinwood Recreation Center. The community event will provide information important to tenants, landlords and property owners.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 16300 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public. Masks are optional.

In addition to Councilman Polensek, Judge Scott and Housing Court staff, participants will include the Cleveland Departments of Building & Housing, Aging, and Water; Cuyahoga County experts on Property Taxes, Appraisals, and Homestead Exemption; CHN Housing Partners; the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; the Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research; and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

The program will feature speakers, an audience Q & A, and information tables.

Topics will include landlord/tenant rights, housing and building code enforcement, public health code enforcement, rental assistance, Right to Counsel, city utilities programs, virtual courtroom access, lead safety law and more.

For more information, contact Chris Ball, Director of Communications, Cleveland Housing Court at 216-664-6918, www.clevelandhousingcourt.org.

CLEVELAND HOUSING COURT IS IN SESSION AT CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Library will house computer kiosks for people to attend Housing Court hearings  

 

JULY 6, 2022 – Cleveland Housing Court and Cleveland Public Library are teaming up to bring the court to the community.

On Monday, July 18, a grand opening celebration will be held at 9:30 a.m. for the new Neighborhood Housing Court Kiosk at the South Branch located at 3096 Scranton Road in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Library executives, Cleveland Housing Court Administrative Judge W. Moná Scott, and a host of dignitaries will be in attendance.

The computer kiosk is solely for the use of Clevelanders who need to appear before Cleveland Housing Court without traveling downtown. Use of the kiosks will be on a walk-in basis starting at 10 a.m.

“We want to make it easier for the public to attend hearings,” said Cleveland Housing Court Administrative Judge W. Moná Scott. “Eviction hearings often have no-shows due to lack of transportation and childcare or fear of missing work. The Neighborhood Housing Court Kiosk program will alleviate those concerns and help to bridge the digital divide.”

“Cleveland Public Library is the gateway to city services. We are determined to make sure every Clevelander has access to the resources and tools needed to enhance their lives,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “The Neighborhood Housing Court Kiosk program is just another example of the Library’s efforts to open doors and create opportunities for our community.”

South Branch is the first of four Cleveland Public Library locations to feature the Neighborhood Housing Court computer kiosks. The program will eventually spread to the Mount Pleasant, Carnegie West, and Glenville branches. “We chose these neighborhood locations because they have some of the highest eviction rates in the city,” remarks Judge Scott.

Cleveland Housing Court purchased the computer kiosk equipment using a technology grant from the Ohio Supreme Court. For more information on the Neighborhood Housing Court Kiosk, visit cpl.org/legal or clevelandmunicipalcourt.org/housingcourt.

Cleveland Housing Court to Co-host Resource Clinic With Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston

May 16, 2022 -- Judge W. Moná Scott and the Cleveland Housing Court will hold a Housing Resource Clinic on Thursday, June 2, with Cleveland Councilman Anthony T. Hairston in Ward 10 at Aspinwall Church. The community event will provide information important to residents, landlords and tenants.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 14627 Aspinwall Ave., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public. Masks are optional.

In addition to Councilman Hairston, Judge Scott and Housing Court staff, some of the participants include the Cleveland Departments of Building & Housing and Aging, Cuyahoga County experts on Property Taxes, Appraisals, and Homestead Exemption, CHN Housing Partners, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

The program will feature speakers, an audience Q & A, and information tables.

Topics will include landlord/tenant rights, housing and building code enforcement, public health code enforcement, rental assistance, Right to Counsel, city utilities programs, virtual courtroom access, lead safety law and more.

For more information, contact Chris Ball, Director of Communications, Cleveland Housing Court at 216-664-6918, www.clevelandhousingcourt.org.


Cleveland Housing Court Implements Mediation Software through a New Ohio Supreme Court Pilot Program

Feb. 22, 2022 -- Cleveland Housing Court is participating in a pilot program using new software designed to streamline online mediation efforts and reduce the number of cases going to trial.

Known as OH-Resolve, the project began Feb. 16 for the court’s Small Claims Division. It will expand later to include the Court’s eviction cases.

The court-monitored online messaging and mediation platform lets interested parties type and post messages remotely in their free time. Fewer people would need to take time off from work or arrange for childcare to attend a mandatory virtual or in-person court hearing.

The Supreme Court of Ohio chose Cleveland Housing Court as one of 17 Ohio courts to serve as an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Pilot Court.

Cleveland ranks as one of the worst-connected large cities in the nation for internet, but recent local and federal efforts are working to bridge this digital divide. As their internet access increases, more Cleveland residents will be able to use OH-Resolve to try to settle cases out of court.

Participation in the program is mandatory for Cleveland Housing Court’s Small Claims Division. If parties fail to reach an agreement, they will have access to a hearing in front of Judge W. Moná Scott or a Housing Court Magistrate. In 2021, Cleveland Housing Court staff attorneys successfully mediated 22 Small Claims cases through the Zoom video conferencing platform.

The Supreme Court of Ohio is providing the ODR software through Matterhorn, a software vendor specializing in various court software platforms. Cleveland Housing Court learned of its acceptance into the program in December 2020.

The Supreme Court of Ohio created the statewide program after a review of the Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on Ohio courts. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor directed the Office of Court Services to convene stakeholders to analyze projected caseloads, create strategies for reducing backlogs, and modernize court operations through technology. Subsequently, through a grant from the State Justice Institute, the ODR Pilot Project was developed in late 2020.

For more details on OH-Resolve, go to www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/JCS/disputeResolution/OH-Resolve/default.asp, or tinyurl.com/4cfnb9d6

Cleveland Housing Court to Sponsor Housing Resource Clinic With Olivet Housing & Community Development Center on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Fairfax Recreation Center

Monday, Dec. 6, 2021
Judge W. Moná Scott and the Cleveland Housing Court will hold a Housing Resource Clinic on Tuesday, Dec. 14, with the Olivet Housing & Community Development Corporation, at the Fairfax Recreation Center. The community event will provide information important to residents, landlords and tenants.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2335 East 82nd St., Cleveland. It is free and open to the public. Masks are required.

In addition to Judge Scott and Housing Court staff, participants include Council President-Elect Blaine Griffin, the Cleveland Departments of Building & Housing, Aging and Water, Cleveland Public Power, Water Pollution Control, Cuyahoga County experts on Property Taxes, Appraisals, and Homestead Exemption, CHN Housing Partners, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Lead Safe Resource Center, and others.

The program will feature speakers, an audience Q & A, and information tables.

Topics will include landlord/tenant rights, housing and building code enforcement, public health code enforcement, rental assistance, Right to Counsel, city utilities programs, virtual courtroom access, lead safety law and more.

For more information, contact Chris Ball, Director of Communications, Cleveland Housing Court at 216-664-6918, www.clevelandhousingcourt.org.


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