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Energy
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opens today. LIHEAP grants can be used to help pay a home heating bill, to prevent a utility shut off, or to get service restored. LIHEAP also provides emergency home heater repair...
Public Benefits
Update: October 19, 2017 Today, Governor Wolf vetoed House Bill 59, which would require Pennsylvania to request federal permission to impose work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients, and to cut needed health benefits. Kristen...
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued federal regulations to protect borrowers from the harms of high-cost payday lending in states where they are legal, and Pennsylvania advocates warned that Pennsylvania’s...
Public Benefits
A new bill to slash Pennsylvania's Medicaid funding is a growing threat in the U.S. Senate. The Graham-Cassidy plan would end Medicaid expansion. It would drastically cut funding for traditional Medicaid. Call your Senators today! Tell...
Public Benefits
Pennsylvania SNAP (food stamp) benefits are changing starting October 1, 2017, to reflect changes in food prices and the cost of living.  Some people’s benefits will go down a little, while others’ will go up.  Please click here for more...
Today, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) released a report encouraging colleges, including many in the Philadelphia area, to end the practice of unnecessarily asking applicants to disclose information about juvenile and...
Homeownership and Consumer
Many homeowners anticipate the relief that comes with making their final mortgage payment. This should have been Ms. T’s experience, but instead of relief, she got foreclosure papers. Ms. T had CLS on her side to sort through the...
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia’s (CLS) Youth Justice Project (YJP) has just received national recognition by being named a model program by the American Bar Association Homeless Youth Legal Network. CLS’s YJP was one of twelve...
Community Legal Services (CLS) and Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) have elected Amber Racine to their overlapping Boards of Directors. Ms. Racine is an attorney at Raynes McCarty and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board...
Employment
Groundbreaking Automatic Record Sealing Program with Bipartisan Support Would Help Thousands of Pennsylvanians Get a Second Chance UPDATE, June 29, 2017: Yesterday "Clean Slate" passed unanimously through the PA Senate. Now, the PA House...