Cleveland Tenants Organization is currently comprised of 14 volunteers with a diverse array of backgrounds including finance, law, academia, public policy, real estate, non-profit, and tenant leadership. CTO’s Board of Directors meets regularly with active committee work occurring additionally. In 2013, the CTO Board of Directors along with staff and community stakeholders completed a 3-year strategic plan (2014-2017) that is an active document used to guide the organization’s evolution and programming.
Cheri Smith (President)* - Huntington Bank
Frank Pojman (Vice-President)* - Tenant Leader
Jeff Epstein (Vice-President)* - Health Tech Corridor
Ken Evans (Treasurer)* - Loan Protector Financial Group
Hon. Nickie Antonio - State Representative
Hazel Remesch - Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Al Lewis - Advanced Federated Protection
Bill Callahan - One Community
Suzanne Hanselman - Baker Hostetler
Douglas Shelby - Office of Housing and Urban Development, Retired
Andrew Meyer - Attorney
Keith Benjamin - City of South Euclid
Norman Krumholz - Cleveland State University
Erica Pandrea - Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland State University Urban Board Fellow
*Denotes Executive Committee
For over forty years, the Cleveland Tenants Organization has pursued its mission to educate tenants and landlords, empower the community, and advocate for affordable, fair, and quality rental housing. Throughout our history we have made an incredible impact for tens of thousands of renters in Northeast Ohio, preventing homelessness, resolving disputes between tenants and landlords, advocating for the needs of low to moderate income tenants, informing citizens of their rights and responsibilities in rental housing, and empowering tenants individually and collectively to represent themselves and their interests.
While the need in our community is greater than ever, it is with deep sadness that the CTO board of directors voted to suspend CTO's operations. Over the past decade many of our board members have watched financial support for CTO slowly decline to the point where the organization became no longer sustainable, leaving us no choice but to lay off our remaining staff.
We are grateful that tenants in Northeast Ohio will continue to have access to a rental information hotline, as CTO's rental information line will be covered by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland effective February 5, 2018. Renters can call 216-861- 5955 during business hours if they need information about their rights and responsibilities. CTO's website will also be maintained as a resource by Legal Aid.
CTO's board remains committed to the organization's mission, and over the coming months will be exploring ways to maintain different pieces of CTO's core service provision by partnering with other agencies in our community.