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Employment
Like one in three Pennsylvanians, Mr. Amos has a criminal record.  Even though the charges against him were dismissed, they still remained on his record and affected his ability to find work.  Today, Mr. Amos’ record is sealed.  Mr. Amos...
Employment
Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that is the first in the nation to automatically seal certain criminal records via technology. Charges that were dropped or where individuals were found not guilty, as well as summary and minor...
Employment
Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that will automatically seal 30 million criminal cases, as well as expanding sealing to include more types of misdemeanors.  Employers, landlords, and schools won’t be able to see sealed cases on your...
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...