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Homeownership and Consumer
Philadelphia’s tax one-year non-collection rate hit a low of 3.9% in 2017, according to a report out in February from the Pew Research Center.[LINK].  This marked the third year in a row that the City has seen a decrease in the number of...
Employment
In 2018, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed the Clean Slate Act.  With its signing, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact automated sealing of criminal records by technology.  Come June 28, 2019, automated...
Energy
Spring is coming! PECO, PGW, and PWD do not terminate low-income customers during the winter months (December 1st through March 31st). As we approach April, customers will start receiving shutoff notices. In this webinar, CLS’ Energy Unit...
Energy
Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this year. Which means, of course, that spring is coming early! Good news! Your utility winter protections still last until April 1, even if spring comes early. Each year, residential...
Public Benefits
The Presidential Administration's proposal would take food away from 755,000 people, including 90,000 Pennsylvanians. The Presidential Administration’s proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule would time limit food...
Employment
Clearing a criminal record can change the course of a person’s life. Every year, one thousand low-income individuals come to Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) because they are facing barriers to employment caused by criminal...
Public Benefits
Due to the federal government shutdown, Pennsylvania is issuing February’s SNAP benefits early.  Benefits that recipients would normally get in February will instead be issued by January 18.  This is not an extra payment - recipients will...
Employment
CLS and the Pennsylvania Bar Association are seeking volunteer attorneys to assist with screening candidates for Clean Slate record sealing. To get involved, attend the free CLE in Philadelphia on February 14th at noon to be trained and...
Homeownership and Consumer, Housing
City Council is considering two pending bills to address criminal trespass and fraudulent leasing of properties.  These bills, 180741 and 180978, put forward by Councilwoman Parker and sponsored by several other members of City Council,...
Employment
On November 15-16, 2018 the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a convening called, “Harnessing Technology to Close the Second Chance Gap.”  The meeting was an extraordinary two-day launch of a national campaign to bring the Clean...