One important tool Cleveland has in the fight against dilapidated and deteriorating housing and neighborhoods is the City of Cleveland Housing Court. The Housing Court has jurisdiction over all court cases involving violations of the city’s housing and housing-related laws, including landlord-tenant disputes, and understands the connections between deteriorating housing and declining neighborhoods.
The work of the Housing Court is critical to retaining and improving our city’s housing stock and promoting healthy neighborhoods; aiding residents in obtaining resources to maintain their homes, and holding out-of-state investor owners to the same housing maintenance standards as residents. You can check out Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka’s series of essays on housing court topics here: Essay on a Critical Issue.
To continue improving its system for tracking community control properties and eviction data, the Cleveland Housing Court has teamed up with the Poverty Center. Through this new collaboration, the Cleveland Housing Court will regularly share data with the Poverty Center. Data is then integrated into the Poverty Center’s Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application (NST), a web-based data platform housing parcel-level property data from a wide array of government sources. Read more about the Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application here.
Sharing data will enable the Poverty Center to map properties under community control, meaning, properties going through the court process that are checked regularly for housing code compliance, and examine eviction trends to target outreach.
Integrating Housing Court data in NST will both provide useful tools for Housing Court staff and will also increase information accessibility for Housing Court constituents like Cleveland community development corporations and others that work to improve neighborhoods. Data updates will be received on a monthly basis, providing Cleveland Housing Court with regularly updated maps, and providing a visual snapshot of the spread of community control property cases across the city.
With the addition of data from the Housing Court, the NST continues to be the premier place for integrated, parcel-level data, enabling a wide array of community development partners to use high-quality, regularly updated data to inform their programs and strategies to revitalize Cleveland’s neighborhoods.