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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...
Community Legal Services (CLS) is proud to announce that Deputy Director of Operations Brenda Marrero has been appointed as CLS’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. This is an important step towards institutionalizing CLS’s...
Employment
Community Legal Services (CLS) is proud to announce that it is the 2019 recipient of the NLADA Innovations in Equal Justice Award, from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). The award was presented at the annual NLADA/...
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...
SSI
Join us for our webinar on Tuesday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. SSI Appeals Process Is Changing In Pennsylvania – Get Ready for Reconsideration Starting April 20, 2019, Social Security disability applicants in Pennsylvania who are denied...
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
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...