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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...
Public Benefits
Due to the federal government shutdown, Pennsylvania is issuing February’s SNAP benefits early.  Benefits that recipients would normally get in February will instead be issued by January 18.  This is not an extra payment - recipients will...
Employment
CLS and the Pennsylvania Bar Association are seeking volunteer attorneys to assist with screening candidates for Clean Slate record sealing. To get involved, attend the free CLE in Philadelphia on February 14th at noon to be trained and...
Homeownership and Consumer, Housing
City Council is considering two pending bills to address criminal trespass and fraudulent leasing of properties.  These bills, 180741 and 180978, put forward by Councilwoman Parker and sponsored by several other members of City Council,...
Employment
On November 15-16, 2018 the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a convening called, “Harnessing Technology to Close the Second Chance Gap.”  The meeting was an extraordinary two-day launch of a national campaign to bring the Clean...
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...
We are deeply troubled by reports that the current federal administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined at birth.  This would be a drastic move towards rolling back recognition and...
Public Benefits
The General Assembly passed SB 6, and it is now in Governor Wolf’s hands. This bill makes a number of changes to food stamps and cash assistance eligibility to reduce access to benefits. Governor Wolf has until October 28 to decide whether...
Public Benefits
Sweeping change to longstanding federal policies will put immigrant families and communities at risk Yesterday, the Trump administration published a new proposed policy that will strip many immigrants of the ability to lawfully immigrate...
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...