Trying to prevent evictions one door knock at a time

October 23, 2020

Cleveland DSA’s eviction-prevention door-knocking campaign has been happening biweekly for the past two months. As of mid-September, the group had used Cleveland Housing Court records to find, and knock on the doors of, 730 homes where eviction cases had been filed against the tenants.

The results have been hard to quantify so far. Sometimes, tenants aren’t home, or have already moved on. Other times, they’ve already made plans to move out, even though they haven’t attended their hearing yet to try to defend themselves.

Still, there are some success stories. On multiple occasions, tenants have told DSA members they weren’t even aware of an eviction before DSA members stopped by their homes. Plus, some people have been connected to Cleveland’s Right to Counsel program.

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