CLS Holiday Intake Closures 2019

Both CLS offices will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.   CLS Center City Office December 23-27: Closed for all new client intake. December 30-January 3: Open for Landlord-Tenant new client intake ONLY Monday December 30 and Thursday January 2. All other new client intake is closed.   CLS North Philadelphia Office…

Testimony in Support of City Bill Increasing the Wage Tax Refund to Low-Income Workers

CLS attorney Montgomery Wilson, Esq, submitted testimony to the City Committee on Finance on November 13, 2019 in support of Bill # 190746 introduced by Councilman Allan Domb, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  The Bill seeks to increase the amount of the local wage tax refund available for low-income workers.  Under the bill,…

TAKE ACTION: Tell Social Security Not to Create Additional Burdens for People with Disabilities!

NEW: Everything you need to know about this harmful proposed rule The Social Security Administration just announced that it wants to change its rules for people who get disability benefits, including SSI.  Most people would have to prove disability every two years. If Social Security moves forward with this proposal more than two million people will…

Right to Counsel Passes Philadelphia City Council!

Right to Counsel passed unanimously in Philadelphia City Council on November 14! This bill guarantees low income tenants an attorney in eviction cases and is a critical step towards stabilizing communities, stemming the effects of gentrification, and addressing systemic racism & housing discrimination in Philadelphia. Read more about this legislation here and here. Read CLS…

The Dangerous Weight of Water Debt

For years, Philadelphia operated an inefficient assistance program for low-income water customers, Philadelphia’s most economically vulnerable households.  The program helped only 7,000 of more than 60,000 low-income Philadelphia households per year. Customers in that program received a small grant and fixed bill amounts for 12 months. If you were enrolled in that program and your…