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Executive Summary Twenty years ago, “welfare reform” overhauled the nation’s cash assistance program for needy families with children.  In ending the entitlement to benefits and creating the...
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a new policy to help youth transitioning out of foster care access Supplemental Security Income (SSI)! Youth transitioning out of foster care are a...
10 Ways the Federal Government can Alleviate Poverty and its Devastating Effects As the nation turns its eyes to the national political conventions in Cleveland and in Philadelphia, it is...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS Managing Attorney Rasheedah Phillips on July 20, 2016 in support of Rep. Donna Johnson-Bullock's Fair Chance for Housing Legislation. Good afternoon...
In 1972, CLS filed a racial discrimination class action against Local 542 of the Operating Engineers, a case that remains under court supervision 44 years later.  Its storied history included a...
Starting in 2010, the Philadelphia courts began trying to aggressively collect $1.5 billion in criminal court debt (court costs, fees, fines, restitution and forfeited bail) going back to the 1970s....
The following testimony was delivered by CLS Managing Attorney Michael Froehlich to the United States Department of the Treasury's Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) on June 29, 2016...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS Managing Attorney Kathleen Creamer to Philadelphia City Council on June 14, 2016. Good afternoon Chairwoman Bass and members of City Council. Thank you...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS client Naomi Cain to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Labor and Civil Service on June 15, 2016. My name is Naomi Cain.  I’ll be 82 years...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS client Phyllis Ridenhour to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Labor and Civil Service on June 15, 2016. My name is Phyllis Ridenhour.  I...