Tenants in disputes with landlords, ranging from a lack of heat to rodent infestation, often aren’t aware of their rights, many housing advocates say. To raise awareness, several nonprofits hosted a teach-in February 9.
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In a city where 60% of households are renters, many Clevelanders face uncertain futures. Tenants who are a day late with the rent can receive an eviction notice, and landlords can refuse to rent to tenants who choose to pay with a housing voucher. A coalition of housing advocates and area organizations is asking Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley to support renter protection legislation to address these issues.
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) recently awarded a $1 million tax credit to encourage construction of the Cuyahoga TAY (Transitional Age Youth) development, a complex of 50 supportive housing units for adults ages 18 to 24. There, residents will receive voluntary services to help maintain their housing and work with experts to set goals related to housing stability, education, and other areas of personal and financial well-being.
After being closed for more than a year due, the Happy Dog will reopen on June 25, much to the delight of both hot dog lovers, and the patrons who come to hear music and attend other events at the popular Gordon Square spot. But it’s not going to be business as it was pre-pandemic at the Happy Dog or many other places.
Business leaders are optimistic that employees will return to work this year, but they know that office space will look and feel different when they do. They’re offering more flexible work hours, physically distanced spaces, building improvements like air filtration systems, and amenities in order to bring people back downtown again.