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A recent Pew Charitable Trusts article highlighted a growing problem across the country – overdue water bills causing the loss of a family home. In Philadelphia, getting behind on your water bills...
Philadelphia’s tax one-year non-collection rate hit a low of 3.9% in 2017, according to a report out in February from the Pew Research Center.[LINK].  This marked the third year in a row that...
Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this year. Which means, of course, that spring is coming early! Good news! Your utility winter protections still last until April 1, even if spring comes...
Clearing a criminal record can change the course of a person’s life. Every year, one thousand low-income individuals come to Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) because they are facing...
Imagine having bones so brittle that they crack every time you turn your neck or shift around in your seat. That is what Mr. D experiences.  Mr. D is a 52-year-old man who has been...
The following post was written by CLS social worker Maggie Potter. “The word trauma is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm...
May is Older Americans month. This series explores new and growing movements and ideas that help older adults maintain their independence and autonomy throughout later life. We will be exploring...
May is Older Americans month. This series explores new and growing movements and ideas that help older adults maintain their independence and autonomy throughout later life. We will be exploring...
Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) has prepared a presentation on issues about criminal record-clearing (often called “expungement,” but also including sealing, and the like).  The power point...
CLS and the City: Helping save one home at a time adds up! The Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue issued its annual report this week, showing that the City’s Owner-Occupied Tax Payment Agreement...