Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Pennsylvania
Organization type(s): Provider
Lists: LSC


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What to Do With Your Bonus

Susan Beck
December 22, 2015
Here's a suggestion for something else to do with a teeny-tiny sliver of that bonus money: Write a generous check to a civil legal aid group.

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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.

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To reduce unfair evictions tenants need lawyers

Jake Blumgart
March 16, 2017
In a city with a staggeringly high eviction rate, landlord-tenant court is one of the busiest corners of Philadelphia's municipal judiciary.

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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.


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.


How Much Protection Do Protective Orders Provide?

Kimberly Lawson
August 9, 2018
Leaving a relationship can be extremely dangerous for domestic abuse victims. Domestic violence protective orders are intended to help women during this time—but advocates say the current system can also make them vulnerable to further abuse.

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With Equal Justice Center, Low-Income Philadelphians Will Soon Be Better Connected To Nonprofit Legal Resources

Greg Argos
CBS 3 (Philadelphia)
May 29, 2019
Low-income Philadelphians will soon be better connected to nonprofit legal resources. Construction will begin this fall on what’s being called the Equal Justice Center that will house more than a dozen civil legal aid groups under one group.


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.


Guest Oped: A decade after the 2008 foreclosure crisis, Northwest Philadelphia is fighting back

Claudia De Palma
Montgomery News
July 24, 2019
Northwest Philadelphia’s middle neighborhoods have tremendous strengths, but have been shaken by the disruptions of the foreclosure crisis. The legal aid organizations coming together through the CRLA project seek to help these communities use this strength to prevail over the challenges they face.

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3 Ways Legal Aid Attys Are Using Tech To Boost Court Access

Natalie Rodriguez
October 20, 2019
On Oct. 10, the Legal Services Corp. announced which 30 legal organizations had scored a slice of $4.2 million in grant money it was offering to fund technology projects that increase low-income Americans' access to legal help.


An LSC grant program is trying to increase access to justice through tech

Stephanie Francis Ward
ABA Journal
February 1, 2020
Since 2000, approximately $65 million has been awarded by the TIG program.

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Texas Hospital Child Abuse Cases Rise in COVID-19 Outbreak: ‘It’s Hard To Think That It’s Just Coincidental’

Chantal Da Silva
March 22, 2020
Doctors at a children's hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, have sounded the alarm over concerns about a rise in alleged child abuse cases amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Workers in ‘Contractor’ Limbo at Risk in Covid-19 Jobless Wave

Robert Iafolla
Bloomberg Law
March 23, 2020

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For Abused Women, a Pandemic Lockdown Holds Dangers of Its Own

Aviva Stahl, Alisha Haridasani Gupta
New York Times (NYT), Fuller Project
March 24, 2020

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Advice On Filing For Unemployment Benefits: Document Everything And Be Persistent

Yuki Noguchi
National Public Radio (NPR)
March 26, 2020
A record 3.3 million people filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, with millions more anticipated in coming weeks. All this has put a huge strain on state employment agencies, so experts say persistence is key to getting those benefits. In this story, legal aid attorneys give recommendations for what recently laid-off workers should do to navigate the unemployment benefits system.

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When home isn’t safe: What the coronavirus pandemic means for domestic violence survivors

Anna North
March 26, 2020
At least 196 million Americans have gotten the same message in recent days: As the coronavirus spreads, the safest place for them is at home. But for all too many, home is actually dangerous.

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Increase in domestic violence feared during virus lockdown

Ina Fried
April 2, 2020

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Online Unemployment Benefits Systems Are Buckling Under a Wave of Applications

Colin Lecher
The Markup
March 31, 2020

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Unsafe At Home: Virus Stirs Domestic Violence Fears

RJ Vogt
April 5, 2020

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As courts close for the coronavirus, officials and advocates adjust to protect domestic violence victims

Vinny Vella
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 6, 2020

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Unemployment benefits in Pa. during the coronavirus pandemic: How to apply and who is eligible

Juliana Feliciano Reyes
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 18, 2020

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In quarantine with an abuser: surge in domestic violence reports linked to coronavirus

Sarah Fielding
April 3, 2020

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Frustration builds as many Americans still wait for unemployment checks

CBS News
April 10, 2020

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For many, the wait for unemployment benefits drags on as the system deals with a deluge

Sean P. Murphy
Boston Globe
April 16, 2020
Massachusetts, like other states, has been hit with a deluge of unemployment claims — almost 575,000 since mid-March, including more than 100,000 just this past week, compared to 25,000 claims in the four weeks before the virus struck.

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‘We’re already too late’: Unemployment lifeline to lapse even with an aid deal

Rebecca Rainey, Eleanor Mueller
U.S. lawmakers are struggling to hammer out another economic relief package before Congress adjourns next week. But for millions of Americans, the deadline may have already passed.

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