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Family Advocacy
The following post was written by CLS social worker Maggie Potter. “The word trauma is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm people’s ability to cope, leaving them...
Aging and Disabilities
May is Older Americans month. This series explores new and growing movements and ideas that help older adults maintain their independence and autonomy throughout later life. We will be exploring alternatives to guardianship, and home and...
Aging and Disabilities
May is Older Americans month. This series explores new and growing movements and ideas that help older adults maintain their independence and autonomy throughout later life. We will be exploring alternatives to guardianship, and home and...
Employment
Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) has prepared a presentation on issues about criminal record-clearing (often called “expungement,” but also including sealing, and the like).  The power point presentation is being made available for use...
Homeownership and Consumer
CLS and the City: Helping save one home at a time adds up! The Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue issued its annual report this week, showing that the City’s Owner-Occupied Tax Payment Agreement program (OOPA) has helped over 16,000...
Employment
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....
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...
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...
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...