project leader
Cameron C
location
All of Cleveland
(All neighborhoods of Cleveland )
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the project

This summer Cleveland embarked on a community read of the book "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond. This opened the eyes of many Clevelanders, including myself to the true scale of housing rights violations in the Midwest. The book focused mostly on the plight of Milwaukee, WI which has the 60th worst eviction rate in the country.  Cleveland has the 53rd highest eviction rate in the country, and if you think things housing rights were violated in Milwaukee you would not believe some of the stories, I have been compiling across Cleveland this past year.  We need a grass roots organization that can amplify the voices of us, the tenants, a vulnerable group in Cleveland.  Tenants became even more vulnerable after the closing of the Cleveland Tenants Organization.  Though many of their services were picked up by other organizations, our goal is to in some instances to guide tenants through this complex web of resources. Through the public shaming land lords of ill repute and helping those most in need with emergency grants we can make this city a better place to live for us and our families.  

 

the steps

Hold public meetings in as many tenant occupied buildings as possible and grow our network of "Building Presidents" who can help represent their respective buildings in the Tenants Union

Collect stories and connect tenants in these buildings with the housing resources they need

Launch the emergency grant program which can cover tenant related bills in which the person is $30 short and just needs a little helping out

Advocate for housing policy change that benefits our community (free lawyers for impoverished tenants facing eviction) 

 

why we're doing it

In 2016 there were 4,483 evictions in Cleveland, that’s an average of 12.28 households per day.  The group most often evicted is African American women with CHILDREN.  We need to end this cycle of unfair housing practices in a city with so much excess housing that it literally rots until it is demolished. There are deeply rooted issues in the way our city treats tenants and we can change that together. 

 

budget

The money going towards the Cleveland Tenants Union will be spent partially to hold community meetings in as many tenants occupied buildings as possible, and provide light food and refreshments at these meetings ($500).  Also, some of the funds will go towards creating t-shirts to hand out in these meetings to get the name recognition needed ($200).  Another portion will be spent on creating a website on which tenants can tell us their complaints against land lords (land lord wall of shame on website) and we can help connect them with probono legal options ($50). Lastly an emergency rent/utilities grant fund, which anyone who can request up to $30 to help them pay the last little bit of rent associated fees if they are facing water/heat shut offs or eviction ($1,250). 

SUBTOTAL = $2,000

 

ioby Platform Fee $35

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $100

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $60

 

Total to Raise on ioby = $2,195

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