Transition Memo on Philadelphia Department of Human Services

For over three decades, the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services has represented thousands of low-income parents in child welfare cases. We have a unique interdisciplinary practice model and a demonstrated commitment to holistic, high-quality parent representation. In addition to individual representation, Community Legal Services engages in systemic advocacy at the local, state and…

Report: Legal Remedies and Limitations on the Employment of People with Criminal Records in Pennsylvania

Download the full report   Like most Americans, ex-offenders need to be employed to support themselves and their families.  Moreover, participation in the labor economy is central to most of our identities; our jobs play a major role in defining who we are.  In short, employment is a linchpin to the successful rehabilitation of ex-offenders…

Careless: How the Pennsylvania Department of Health Has Risked the Lives of Elderly and Disabled Nursing Home Residents

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has been failing in its job to protect nursing home residents.  Over the past several years, DOH has significantly decreased the issuance of sanctions against nursing homes and has adopted and employed an investigatory strategy that dismisses 92% of the complaints against nursing homes.  Additionally, when DOH finds that…

SSI for Children

What is SSI for children? SSI for children is a cash assistance program for low-income families who are caring for children with physical and/or mental disabilities.   How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) decide if my child is disabled? SSA will look at how severe your child’s medical conditions are and how they interfere…

How to Apply for Social Security Benefits

Community Legal Services does not help people apply for Social Security Benefits.  You can apply for benefits by: Telephone: You can call 1 (800) 772-1213 (between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) to schedule an appointment to apply for Social Security Benefits. In person: You can also apply for Social Security Benefits by walking in to your local Social Security…

Has Social Security Dismissed Your Case?

What is a Dismissal? A “dismissal” is when Social Security turns down your application, after you appealed it, without actually deciding whether you are disabled.  This often happens if you did not go to a hearing.  If your case is dismissed you must act quickly, within 60 days.   What should I do if I get…