In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has increased support for a student debt loan program for attorneys who work for legal aid organizations. The increased funiding for loan assistance will come from an increase in the fees charged out-of-state lawyers to practice in Pennsylvania courts. 


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a Conciliation Agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, settling allegations the housing authority discriminated against Hispanic households.  The agreement resolves claims the housing authority violated the housing rights of Spanish-speaking applicants and tenants by requiring them to supply interpreters in order to communicate with housing authority staff and by denying them limited English proficiency services.

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The case came to HUD’s attention when six Latino families represented by the Community Justice Project, a non-profit public interest law firm serving Pennsylvania, complained that the Hazleton Housing Authority subjected Latino applicants and residents to different rental terms and conditions in violation of the Fair Housing Act.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe April 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, is now available. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at


The Internal Revenue Service has announced the opening of the 2016 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process.

The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson. The LITC program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain a low income taxpayer clinic.


The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program is currently accepting applictions from eligible law students for its Summer Start term. Applications for the Summer Start term must be submitted by June 1, 2015 with a start date between May 1 and June 30.

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.


Chief Justice Thomas G SaylorChief Justice Thomas G. Saylor has asked lawyers to support the Commonwealth’s civil legal aid programs by providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial contributions.

In a letter to Pennsylvania’s approximately 70,000 registered lawyers, the chief justice also thanked attorneys for their support of legal aid programs as a component of their annual attorney registration fees. The letter is being widely distributed to the legal community by the courts and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe March 2015 edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, has been published by PHLP.


Governor Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until May 1 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The federally-funded program was slated to end April 3, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the severity and duration of this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding.


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

he Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Housing Law Group is presenting its 2015 PA Legal Aid Network Housing Law Group Training on  Tuesday, April 14th from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 211 North Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17101. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 9:00 AM. Substantive training sessions begin at 9:30 AM.


The Honorable Debra McCloskey Todd, Supreme Court of PennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 23, 2015 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd served as the keynote speaker for the event.