Resident Resources

Resident Resources

Neighborhood Stabilization

Slavic Village Development believes the strongest neighborhood is a stable neighborhood: one in which every household feels ably supported, and where people who have specific needs or questions can be paired with the assistance or guidance most narrowly matching to their situation.  In addition to Home Repair Resources SVD provides the following Neighborhood Stabilization services:

Vacant & Distressed Property Investigation

Although much progress has been made in the decade following the 2008 Housing Crisis, work still remains. One of the primary de-stabilizing forces in this or any neighborhood is the presence of vacant, abandoned, or ill-maintained property. SVD Neighborhood Stabilization works with community members and other agencies to remove distressed properties and restore vacant properties to good use for families in need.   

Housing Court Intervention

Cleveland Housing Court is responsible for hearing both code violation prosecutions as well as civil disputes such as evictions and nuisance abatement. Through SVD Neighborhood Stabilization efforts in working with parties through Housing Court, we have seen a decrease in evictions vs. the city-wide average [link to pdf showing data] and have been able to assist in the resolution of criminal code violations, particularly for residents on the Court’s Selective Intervention Program (SIP).   

Homeowner Property Tax Payment Plan Assistance

Property Taxes are required to be paid by all owners of real property in Cuyahoga County. Many members of our community may qualify for reductions in their property tax bills or for the homestead exemption for senior citizen homeowners.  SVD Neighborhood Stabilization works directly with the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Office to ensure that members of our community qualify for the best options available in meeting property tax obligations or qualifying for exemptions.  

Community Advocacy Legal Clinic Partnership

SVD Neighborhood Stabilization is a proud partner of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Community Advocacy Legal Clinic (CALC) and has served as an independent externship site for advanced law students since 2017.  Through our innovative CALC partnership, lawyer-supervised law students are able to directly assist residents with civil legal issues they may face in a supportive, confidential environment. Practice areas involving CALC students include:

-Landlord/Tenant Law 

-Nuisance Abatement 

-Title Research and Document Review

-Municipal Law -Foreclosure Mitigation

-Transfer of Real Property Upon Death

Contact Zach Germaniuk with questions at 216-429-1182 X110 or zachg@slavicvillage.org

Side Yard Expansion

Could that vacant side yard next door be part of your yard?

Cuyahoga County homeowners with a Cuyahoga Land Bank-owned vacant land adjacent to the right or left of their home may have the opportunity to purchase that property as a side yard for a nominal cost. It is the Land Bank’s intention to merge such land bank parcels with adjacent owner parcels so that the property owner’s land value is enhanced and such vacant lots are restored to the tax rolls. Programs conform to local city policy and may not be available in all communities or with all lots.

If you have a Land Bank owned lot next door that you would like to purchase, visit the City of Cleveland’s Side Yard Program or the Cuyahoga County Landbank’s Side Yard Program and contact Lynn Rodemann at 216-429-1182 ext 141, lynnr@slavicvillage.org.

Emergency Assistance

Family Stability Initiative:

CHN Housing Partners’ program provides housing support to families who may be at-risk of an eviction or foreclosure. Eligible families must live in the City of Cleveland, have school-aged children living in the household, and have an income/means of covering their basic living expenses moving forward. CHN can provide up to $1,250 in direct assistance to families for items such as: rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, or property taxes. Families are also screened for other needs and will be referred to partner agencies or other CHN programs as needed.

Please contact Kate Carden at 216.325.1150 or KCarden@chnhousingpartners.org for more information.

HEAP- Home Energy Assistance Program:

Helps residents at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills. Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating costs. This is not an emergency program and will not prevent disconnection of utility services.

CHN Housing Partners: Schedule Appointment Online  OR  call (216) 350-8008

Location: 2999 Payne Ave, Suite 208, Cleveland, OH 44114

Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid represents eligible individuals, families, and groups in a variety of civil legal matters. To apply for help with a case, call or walk in to a Legal Aid office.

  • Phone Intake: 1.888.817.3777  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
  • Walk-in Intake: Any Legal Aid office Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Brief Advice Clinics:

Legal Aid offers Brief Advice Clinics on a first come, first served basis for free to eligible clients at numerous locations throughout the counties we serve. Staff and volunteer attorneys meet one on one with clients who have a question, need help with a form, or want to know their rights in a particular situation. Attorneys will help as much as possible the day of the clinic with any civil (not criminal) legal problem. In most cases, attorneys do not provide additional assistance after the clinic. Clients are invited to attend future clinics for further help with the same or new problems.

Dates and locations of Brief Advice Clinics are listed on our upcoming events page or call  216.242.1544.