Cleveland Tenants Organization does not perform housing searches for tenants, but we do have a list of some affordable housing options for low income renters.
We encourage tenants either call Housing Cleveland at 2-1-1 or visit HousingCleveland.org. Here, tenants can search for housing using a variety of criteria. Tenants can also calculate moving costs and affordable rent, and learn about different types of rental housing.
Perform basic searches on the landlord, including google searches, searches in court dockets, and searches for real property (see take action, how to find your landlord.) If your landlord is delinquent in property taxes, owes for grass cutting or water bills, consider these red flags. If you have questions about how to perform these searches, contact CTO.
For tenants who wish to be added to wait lists for public housing or the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8), please visit the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority webpage or the Parma Housing Authority. Please keep in mind that wait lists can be years long, but interested tenants are encouraged to apply.
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.