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01/09/2017

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Kansas man and his companies with selling portfolios of fake payday loan debts that debt collectors used to get people to pay on debts they did not owe. At the FTC’s request, a federal court halted the operation pending litigation.

01/04/2017

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia - Est. 1966

A report detailing affordable housing at risk of being lost due to owner opt-out was released by the Justice Lab clinic at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law and Community Legal Services (CLS).

In response to the report, CLS is calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development, City of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority to take action to protect affordable housing for low-income tenants in the City.

01/03/2017
The Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation System recently lost about half of its staff, many of whom used to answer the phone lines. As a result, you may be experience problems reaching representatives or quickly receiving benefits.

If you have had problems reaching representatives from Unemployment Compensation (UC), you can submit a complaint using a new complaint site at https://uccomplaint.org, that has been created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance. The Complaint System also lists resources and information for claimants about the UC process.

12/21/2016

Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has released the November-December 2016 edition of Health Law PA News. Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website.

12/21/2016

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Programs in Pennsylvania are scheduled to receive in excess of $100 milllion in this round of grants. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

12/20/2016

PILP - Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Pittsburgh challenging the way officials treat pregnant women held at the Allegheny County Jail. The lawsuit alleges that jail officials routinely place pregnant women in solitary confinement for extended periods of time without justification, knowing full well that this practice can harm the health of the women and their pregnancies.

The suit was filed on behalf of five preganant inmates at the facility by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Reed Smith LLP. Attorneys for the women are asking that the complaint be certified as a class-action.

12/13/2016

The Practising Law Institute is offering a free on-demand course entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2016, as part of its commitment to support pro bono representation of indigent individuals.

This basic program was developed for brand new practitioners and those who are either not familiar with the practice or have not practiced bankruptcy law since the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). The program will focus on Chapter 7 bankruptcy, from the day a new client walks into your office, to the day you receive notice that they have successfully received a discharge and their case is closed.

12/07/2016

PLAN Excellence Award - photo

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN) is honored to announce the 2017 Excellence Award winners as well as the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services. The exceptional individuals, groups and corporation receiving awards have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to expand access to justice for those who have nowhere else to turn for help when facing a critical legal problem.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award winners will be formally honored at the PLAN Excellence Award Banquet on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA.  The ceremony will feature a video tribute of each honoree highlighting their accomplishments. 

12/01/2016

The Justice Department has issued the first annual report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR) to President Obama.  The report, entitled “Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs,” documents the significant steps that the 22 federal agency members of WH-LAIR have taken to integrate civil legal aid into programs designed to serve low-income and vulnerable people.  The Attorney General and the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) co-chair WH-LAIR.