If you are being denied public benefits or housing due to a criminal record, CLS can help you to determine if you are eligible for criminal record clearing and assist with the clearing process.
If you have been denied public benefits, bring any letters or other communications from the agency; we can look up your criminal record for you if you don’t have it; proof of income
Community Legal Services
North Philadelphia Law Center
1410 West Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Having a criminal record can affect your ability to receive certain public benefits or find housing. Outstanding bench warrants, violations of probation, and a lack of compliance with court costs and restitution can prevent you from being eligible for certain government programs.
Similarly, the laws governing criminal activity in subsidized housing are very strict. If you live in Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) public housing or in Section 8 Voucher subsidized housing, or if you hope to be admitted to one of these housing programs in the future, you should know how these laws may affect you. The PHA has the authority to: (1) Deny you admission to Public Housing due to your criminal record; and (2) Evict you from Public Housing due to criminal activity. PHA also operates the Section 8 Voucher Program (also known as the “Housing Choice Voucher Program”). In addition, under the Section 8 Voucher Program, your landlord has the authority to evict you for criminal activity