Philadelphia Inquirer


Morning daily newspaper that serves the Philadelphia metro area.
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Op-Ed

Now more than ever Philly needs a one-stop shop for legal services

David L. Cohen, Robert C. Heim, Leslie Ann Miller
Philadelphia Inquirer
The time is now for Philadelphia, for Pennsylvania, and for all of us to support these nonprofit agencies who serve those most in need. The time is now for the Equal Justice Center.

Op-Ed

Pa. needs to reform guardianship system

Pam Walz, Karen Buck, Samuel Brooks
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2019
Pennsylvania needs a right to counsel for people facing guardianship proceedings, as well as reforms to protect the health and safety of individuals deemed incapacitated.

News Story

A Philly family fought 40 years to turn drug-infested land into a garden. Then, it was sold at sheriff’s sale.

Samantha Melamed
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2019
Esquilin died six months ago, leaving unfinished the business of seeking to safeguard his life’s work. He never knew that three of the four plots that make up the garden had already been sold at sheriff’s sale.

Op-Ed

We have a tool to fix Philly’s eviction crisis

Rasheedah Phillips, Jenna Collins
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 8, 2019
One of the most effective solutions for preventing eviction and housing instability is already in effect around the country: civil legal aid.

News Story

Controversial Philly judge evicts a dozen tenants with one week’s notice

Samantha Melamed
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 4, 2018
The judge is causing a stir in her new role at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Division — where she ordered a building full of tenants in North Philadelphia evicted with just one week's notice.

News Story

How reverse mortgages can hurt, rather than help, aging Philly homeowners

Alfred Lubrano
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 20, 2018
In a commercial hawking reverse mortgages, the TV actor doesn't tell people how they could get into trouble with the product, a special kind of loan that allows borrowers aged 62 and older to convert a portion of their home's equity into cash.

Op-Ed

Philly’s humanitarian crisis: Too many kids in foster care

Susan Pearlstein
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2018
As a legal aid attorney for the last 20 years in Philadelphia, I have witnessed this firsthand. I have seen countless parents forced to wait months to have any contact with their child.

News Story

Why 1 in 14 Philly renters faces eviction every year

Julia Terruso
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 19, 2018
With aging housing stock, rising rental costs, and a lack of affordable units, evictions have become a national crisis.

News Story

Problems continue with state investigation of nursing home complaints, report says

Harold Brubaker
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 22, 2018
From 2015 through 2017, nursing-home inspectors dismissed 85 percent of complaints against Philadelphia nursing homes as unsubstantiated, just a small improvement from the previous three-year period.

News Story

SSI backlog: Thousands around Philly waiting more than two years for disability hearing

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2018
Across the country, more than one million people are waiting — sometimes for more than two years — for an appeal hearing to determine whether they qualify for these disability benefits.

News Story

As N.J. welfare programs shrink advocates raise concern

Maddie Hanna
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2017
As potential cuts to the federal Medicaid program command headlines, advocates in New Jersey are raising concerns about shrinking state programs for the poor.

News Story

Lives on hold, literally, laid-off in Pennsylvania can’t get jobless benefits

Jane Von Bergen
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 17, 2017
What has Salvato in a tizzy is the near-collapse of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system. In mid-December, the state closed three service centers and furloughed 521 workers, or a third of the people who deal with unemployment compensation.

Letter to Editor

Don’t chop legal aid funding

Deborah R. Gross
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2017
Eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corp. poses a threat to our entire community. Denying funding for civil legal aid prevents access to justice for all.

Op-Ed

Philly tenants should have access to legal aid

Deborah R. Gross, Catherine Carr, Joseph Sullivan
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2017
Philadelphia should follow the example of Washington and New York and move toward making legal representation in eviction and foreclosure proceedings a right, not a privilege available only to those who can afford it.

News Story

Why Philly went after a domestic-violence victim for thousands in child support

Samantha Melamed
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 26, 2017
In fact, it reflects standard practice in Philadelphia, whose Department of Human Services (DHS) removes children from their homes at a rate much higher than most big U.S. cities and collects nearly $2 million per year in child support from their parents.

Op-Ed

Commentary: Civil legal aid needed to help expunge criminal records, reduce poverty

Gaetan J. Alfano, Deborah R. Gross, Mary F. Platt
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 2016
An investment in civil legal aid will ultimately help to transform the social and economic landscape of Philadelphia.

Feature

Legal advocate helps workers under shadow of criminal records

Jane Von Bergen
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2016
When it comes to how poor people are treated at work, Sharon Dietrich gets mad.

Interview

If you have a criminal record, read this

Jane Von Bergen
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 19, 2016
Effective November 14, people with certain misdemeanor convictions can ask the court to seal their records.

Op-Ed

In New Jersey, clearing the legal path for reentry

Karen Sacks
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 27, 2016
Legal assistance can make the difference between an ex-offender gaining a solid footing or returning to the behavior that led to prison.

News Story

In N.J., some offenders can erase record faster now

Michael Boren
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2016
Under a state law that takes effect Monday, people could have a faster path to clearing their names.

Blog Post

A new day for fair hiring practices in Phila.

Brendan Lynch
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2016
Today, new fair hiring rules that apply to nearly all employers take effect in Philadelphia, and they will vastly increase employment opportunities for people with criminal records.

News Story

City testing the water on income-based utility bills

Tricia L. Nadolny
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 2015
Philadelphia is in the midst of crafting a broader program that could offer income-based bills and debt forgiveness. Advocates argue that fewer shutoffs can have stabilizing benefits in a community.



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