predatory lending, cleveland, mortgage crisis, cuyahoga county, foreclosure crisis, foreclosure, land bank, housing court, solutions, prevention, housing abandonment
Just as SVD [Slavic Village Development] fought back against predatory lending, mortgage fraud, and speculator flipping, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County also sought to prevent these practices and stem the rising tide of foreclosures. This included legislation, litigation, and homeowner counseling. This article will focus on three examples of the response to the mortgage crisis in Cleveland: the Cleveland Housing Court, the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (land bank), and community development corporations (CDCs) and local intermediaries (namely, the Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI)). Each of these entities has developed initiatives aimed at the crisis, often in an innovative fashion. While many other cities have similar organizations, these Cleveland examples have been cited as models which provide lessons to other cities facing similar problems.
Responding to the Mortgage Crisis: Three Cleveland Examples, 44 Urban Lawyer 1 (Winter 2012) (with Kermit Lind)