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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...
Public Benefits
Update: July 27, 2017: Today, the Senate voted to play politics with the health of Pennsylvania's Medicaid recipients. House Bill 59 would require Pennsylvania's overloaded County Assistance Offices to verify work status of 1.6 million...
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...
Public Benefits
In May 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cap federal funding for the Medicaid program and to end Medicaid expansion. Now, the U.S. Senate is about to vote on a bill that includes even more severe cuts to Medicaid. Call your...
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...
Homeownership and Consumer
This week, City Council stepped up to help vulnerable homeowners in Philadelphia who are struggling with delinquent property taxes or facing a tax foreclosure.  City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill which takes two...
Public Benefits
Today, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is announcing changes to the state’s Medicaid (MA) policy to expand coverage of life-saving drugs to treat Hepatitis C (HCV) virus. Community Legal Services represents several clients who were...