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This afternoon, Community Legal Services (CLS) and Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of almost 12,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who will lose their only source of income once the General Assistance...
Difficulty affording gas, electric, or water bills? Get FREE legal help onsite! Walk-ins welcome! Monday August 12, 2019 2-5pm Face to Face Germantown 123 E. Price St., 19144 Meet with representatives from PECO, PGW, and PWD Apply for...
Employment
Like one in three Pennsylvanians, Mr. Amos has a criminal record.  Even though the charges against him were dismissed, they still remained on his record and affected his ability to find work.  Today, Mr. Amos’ record is sealed.  Mr. Amos...
Welfare
Do you get $205 a Month From Welfare? You Will Probably Lose Your Cash Assistance. Pennsylvania is ending the General Assistance program.  General Assistance is cash welfare for people without minor children.  This program ended in 2012...
Homeownership and Consumer
Please join us for our workshop! Our advocates will be on hand to assist with homeownership, tangled title, and utilities issues. Loading...
Employment
Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that is the first in the nation to automatically seal certain criminal records via technology. Charges that were dropped or where individuals were found not guilty, as well as summary and minor...
Employment
Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that will automatically seal 30 million criminal cases, as well as expanding sealing to include more types of misdemeanors.  Employers, landlords, and schools won’t be able to see sealed cases on your...
Community Legal Services (CLS) is proud to announce that Deputy Director of Operations Brenda Marrero has been appointed as CLS’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. This is an important step towards institutionalizing CLS’s...
Employment
Community Legal Services (CLS) is proud to announce that it is the 2019 recipient of the NLADA Innovations in Equal Justice Award, from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). The award was presented at the annual NLADA/...
Employment
In the fall of 2018, CLS helped to form the ICE Out of Courts Coalition, a group made up legal service providers and community-based organizations in Philadelphia.  We have met repeatedly with courthouse and law enforcement leadership,...