Community Development FAQs

Where does the Department of Community Development get their funding?

The Department of Community Development is funded primarily by four grants from HUD:

The Department also receives fund from the State of Ohio for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP).

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1344
Who do I contact about starting a Community Garden?

Contact the Ohio State University Extension Service at 216.429.8200 to obtain information about the City of Cleveland Summer Sprout Program.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1347
Does the City accept donations of produce from neighborhood gardens?

The city does not accept donations directly. We recommend that produce can be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank. They can be reached at 216.738.2265.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1348
What types of issues are handled by The Department of Community Development, Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs?

The Department of Community Development, Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs (web page) investigates and works to resolve complaints related to Fair Housing, real estate fraud, predatory lending, home improvement/repair contracting, unlicensed business practices, consumer scams and unfair sales practices (false warranties, questionable sales and repairs which are unneeded or without estimates).

The Office, which can be reached at 216.664.4529, coordinates and conducts educational activities including literature distribution, presentations,seminars and workshops with the goal of increasing consumer protection and financial literacy.

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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 6:23pm

Q966
I think I was ripped off! How do I file a complaint with the Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs?

If you are a Cleveland resident or have purchased a product or service from a business or company based in Cleveland, you may file several ways:

  • By phone: call 216.664.4529, weekdays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • By fax: 216.664.4006
  • By mail: City of Cleveland, Department of Community Development, Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 320, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

If submitting by fax or mail, include a statement about your complaint and supply copies (not originals) of all pertinent information (business/company contact information, contracts, estimates, invoices, receipts etc.). The office will contact you within three business days.

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:08am

Q969
I have filed a complaint with Consumer Affairs. Who is handling it?

Within three business days after your complaint file is opened, you will receive a letter with the name and phone number of the person assigned to your case. In addition, you will receive a verification checklist concerning your case.

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:09am

Q970
I filed a consumer complaint, but I'm not satisfied with the response I received from the business I filed the complaint against. What can I do now?

Consumer Affairs makes every attempt to procure a satisfactory response for the consumer. However, the office cannot force a business to satisfy any complaint, since the mediation process relies on the voluntary cooperation of both the consumer and the business. If you feel you have been wrongly charged for services or products, you can file in Small Claims Court for claims of $3,000 and less.

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:09am

Q978
Can the Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs staff serve as my attorney?

No employee of the Office of Consumer Affairs can act as your private attorney.

If you need legal advice, seek counsel from either a private attorney, the Legal Aid Society, or other organizations. Contact or visit the Cleveland Bar Association to learn how to find a lawyer and to see if you qualify for a free attorney or other legal aid.

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/25/2015 - 1:13pm

Q979
How do I file a small claims suit against a business or company ?

Small Claims suits are filed at the Clerk of Court’s office on the 2nd floor of the Justice Center.
To file, you must supply the name(s) and address of the person(s) you wish to sue and any information you have regarding your claim.

When filing against a business you must have the first and last name of the owner, unless the business is a corporation. If you are suing a corporation, the correct corporation name should be on the complaint. You can search online or contact the Secretary of State of Ohio (Toll Free: 877.767.3910) to obtain the corporation name and the name and address of its statutory agent. The statutory agent is appointed by the corporation to accept legal papers.

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:10am

Q980
What is the maximum amount of a small claims suit?

The maximum amount of damages which can be requested in Small Claims Court is $3,000.00. There is a $31.00 filing fee that must be paid at the time of filing, and an additional charge of $5.00 per defendant if you are suing more than one person

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:10am

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