$1 million in stimulus funds to help Clevelander residents facing eviction

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland City Council recently approved a new round of federal stimulus funding that benefits several social service programs, including assistance for the growing number of people facing evictions.


What do you want to know

  • Cleveland City Council awarded $1 million in stimulus funds to Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Council approved nearly $3 million to provide signing and retention bonuses to early childhood education workers
  • Additionally, $2 million will be spent to install dash cameras in all police vehicles in the city.

To help those facing eviction, the council awarded $1 million in stimulus funds to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

The money, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act, will be used for the Right to Counsel initiative, which provides legal representation to tenants facing eviction.

“This money goes a long way,” said Melanie Shakarian of the Legal Aid Society. “The return on investment is incredible for the Cleveland community. Last year, nearly $5 million in funds were saved in terms of missed work and educational opportunities for the people we helped in the community.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland helps residents facing stressful situations, including eviction. Shakarian said the numbers continue to soar.

“We are on track to see a 30% increase in housing assistance applications”, she says. “This post-Covid increase is due to a whole range of factors, including housing conditions, rising rents, inflation.”

The city council has also approved the use of stimulus funds for other social services.

Nearly $3 million will be used to provide signing and retention bonuses to early childhood education workers. Another $2 million will help families with child care costs.

In addition to social services, another $2 million will be spent installing dash cameras in all police cars in the city.

Shakarian said she was grateful for the portion of the funds they received and was confident it would help provide much needed support to so many Cleveland residents.

“When you go through such a traumatic and stressful situation, you need help by your side,” Shakarian said.

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