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On June 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in a unanimous decision, found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Act 80 did many...
We are excited to release the Philly Eviction Prevention Project Tenant Resource Guide!  The PEPP Tenant Resource Guide contains information on housing resources, including where to go for...
What is Clean Slate? Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by...
Communications is about delivering information to people, but it is also about delivering results. In this day and age, storytelling is vital. Storytelling can mean providing someone’s story with...
As part of the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, Community Legal Services put on a one day conference at NLADA's Equal Justice Conference in San Diego in May 2018.  The conference, titled "...
The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has drafted changes to “public charge” rules.  If these rules take effect, it will be easier for immigration officials to deny some immigrants...
HB 129, currently being considered in the Pennsylvania state legislature,  bans women with certain drug convictions from getting TANF for the rest of their lives. This ban will affect...
In Pennsylvania, nearly 1 in 3 – or three million – people have a criminal record. Many have only minor convictions, while others have been arrested but never even convicted of a crime....
In Pennsylvania, homelessness is getting worse On any given day, 15,000 Pennsylvanians experience homelessness. Rates of homelessness in Pennsylvania have increased, especially among veterans...
Update: 6/26/2018: Clean Slate passed in Pennsylvania on June 22, 2018! Having even a minor criminal record can serve as a barrier to nearly all basic necessities including employment and housing...