Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has issued a Request for Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 Grant Funding describing the conditions for submitting Letters of Intent to Apply for 2015 funding under the Pro Bono Innovation Fund.

The Pro Bono Innovation Fund is LSC’s newest competitive grant program. It was created after the LSC Board of Directors formed a Pro Bono Task Force in 2011 to identify ways to better engage pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to serve low-income people.


U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro has awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   The Continuum of Care grants announced support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.


Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawThe Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will be holding a free webinar for housing advocates entitled Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Post-PTFA on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Eastern.


Community Legal Services of Philadelphia logoTwo women’s health organizations and a private citizen have filed a federal class action claiming that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is unlawfully delaying the enrollment of tens of thousands of Pennsylvania women into comprehensive Medicaid coverage for which they qualified effective January 1.

According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, approximately 85,000 women in Pennsylvania who are currently enrolled in SelectPlan for Women, a limited Medicaid program that only covers family planning services, currently qualify for full health coverage either through Healthy PA, the Corbett Administration’s version of Medicaid expansion, or through subsidized insurance on Pennsylvania’s federally facilitated health insurance Marketplace.


Community Legal Services of Philadelphia logoCommunity Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) has filed a second class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS, formerly the Department of Public Welfare). This suit was filed on behalf of approximately 200,000 low-income Pennsylvanians whose Medicaid benefits have been or will be reduced as a result of the Healthy Pennsylvania initiative. 

The lawsuit, Rodriguez v. Mackereth, alleges that DHS has unlawfully reduced Medicaid-covered services in violation of existing state regulations and without issuing new state regulations with required public notice and comment periods. The lawsuit was filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania .


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe December 2014 edition of the Health Law PA News has been released by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. Health Law PA News is a free newsletter of the Project that is published monthly. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at


2015 PA Legal Aid Network Excellence AwardsThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards.  The statewide awards for excellence will be presented at the PLAN Excellence Awards banquet on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Harrisburg Hilton.


Community Legal Services logoCommunity Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), with co-counsel from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), has filed a class action lawsuit in Philadelphia on behalf of almost 200,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who face severe cuts in health benefits in 2015 as a result of the Healthy Pennsylvania initiative.  The suit sought a preliminary injunction before cuts began on January 1, 2015.

On December 31, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the motion for a preliminary injunction. The Court declared that the Plaintiffs 1) did not meet the requirements for class certification, which is a preliminary requirement for a class-wide injunction, and 2) failed to prove their entitlement to a mandatory injunction. Although the request for injunction was denied, the suit will continue on the merits in the United States District Court.


The offices of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. will be closed on December 24, 25 and 26, 2014 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

PLAN's Harrisburg office will reopen on Monday, December 29, 2014. 



Legal Services CorporationThe $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress to fund the federal government for FY 2015 includes $375 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nation’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. This amount is $10 million more than LSC received last year.