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On Wednesday, April 11th, Clean Slate moved a step closer to becoming law, when PA House Bill 1419 was passed by the House by a 188-2 vote.  The Senate unanimously passed a similar Clean Slate bill, Senate Bill 529, on June 28, 2017....
Energy
Philadelphia Water wants to raise your bill. Voice your opinion at one of these hearings, and find out more information below. Monday, April 16,10:00–12:00p.m. Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Tuesday,...
Public Benefits
State legislators have proposed a dangerous bill (H.B. 1659) that would demonize poor families and cut off their access to help with basic needs. We need your help to stop it in its tracks.   Organizations should sign onto this letter to...
Employment
Proposals to toughen work requirements to qualify for SNAP benefits (food stamps) are all the rage.  Even in areas of high unemployment, low income people without children and who are not considered disabled would be permitted to receive...
Energy
Are you having trouble paying your electric, gas, or water bills? We may be able to help! Utility Clinic March 29, 2018 10 AM – 1 PM Community Legal Services North Philadelphia Law Center 1410 W Erie Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19140 Come...
Employment
The following post was written by CLS Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich. I sometimes am asked for authority for the proposition that the reporting of an expunged or sealed case by a commercial screener violates the FCRA.  Unfortunately...
Employment
On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova approved the settlement in Stokes v. RealPage, Inc., Case No. 2:15-cv-03894-JP (E.D. Pa).  The primary claim in the lawsuit was that background screener RealPage violated the...
Housing
Mayor Jim Kenney announced the launch of the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, a new set of services for tenants facing eviction.  This effort will reduce the number of evictions and provide more resources to tenants in danger of...
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we affirm our commitment to racial justice. At CLS, we strive to understand the many ways that historic injustice and present day racism intersect to deprive our clients of their basic rights. Racial...
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...