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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,...
Energy
A recent Pew Charitable Trusts article highlighted a growing problem across the country – overdue water bills causing the loss of a family home. In Philadelphia, getting behind on your water bills could mean losing your home through a...
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...
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...
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...
Imagine having bones so brittle that they crack every time you turn your neck or shift around in your seat. That is what Mr. D experiences.  Mr. D is a 52-year-old man who has been battling sarcoidosis for over ten years.  Sarcoidosis is...
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...