Community Legal Services
Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.
The hearing was originally scheduled for the morning, but interest in the hearings has been high and registration filled so quickly that the department added an afternoon session. And that filled up, too.
A debate is heating up over whether to reauthorize Pa. Act 201, a law that gives utilities the authority to shut off heat and electricity during the winter for all but the poorest of the poor.
One lawsuit was filed in South Carolina against automaker BMW for firing 70 black employees based on background checks — some of whom had been there for years.
Eighty percent of low-income families have no access to lawyers in civil cases — even when their home or child custody is at stake. A coalition of lawyers is hoping to change that.
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry acknowledges missing the federal metric for first check issuance in the latest quarterly report card, but says the department had previously been criticized for paying claimants too much.
“If I could afford a lawyer, I would contact a lawyer,” says Beth Goodell of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.
Community Legal Services (CLS) provides free civil law services to low income families throughout Philadelphia.
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia is holding its third annual 5K Sunday.
Act 80, passed this year, eliminated the $150-million general assistance fund, which gave monthly cash grants of about $200 to more than 61,000 low-income and disabled Pennsylvanians.
The cuts in aid to 61,000 poor Pennsylvanians go into effect July 31st.
A 5K run and walk will be held in Fairmount Park on Sunday to help provide legal services to those who can’t afford them.