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(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

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.

05/24/2014

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Health Care Advocates Lining up to Testify About Corebett’s Proposed Medicaid Plan

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.

01/02/2014

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Renewed Push To Protect The Poor From Utility Shutoffs

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.

10/28/2013

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EEOC Says Some Companies Exclude Job Applicants With Criminal Records Too Broadly

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.

06/12/2013

Coalition Of Lawyers Pledge To Serve Low-Income Families

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.

05/23/2013

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Pa. Legislature Considers Bill To Speed Up Unemployment Claims

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.

05/14/2013

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Fight Back When Your Mortgage Turns ‘Zombie,’ Local Expert Advises

“If I could afford a lawyer, I would contact a lawyer,” says Beth Goodell of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

02/25/2013

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CLS Cuts Ribbon On New State Of The Art Building In North Philadelphia

Community Legal Services (CLS) provides free civil law services to low income families throughout Philadelphia.

02/02/2013

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Local Group To Hold 3rd Annual 5k At Memorial Hall

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia is holding its third annual 5K Sunday.

10/13/2012

(A July 31st protest on South Broad Street in Philadelphia against the end of the state welfare program known as "General Assistance.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Lawsuit Aims to Overturn Recent Cuts in Pennsylvania’s Welfare Programs

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.

10/03/2012

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Advocates For Poor Say Pa. Assistance Cuts Will Hit Philadelphia Hardest

The cuts in aid to 61,000 poor Pennsylvanians go into effect July 31st.

07/13/2012

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Justice Walk In West Fairmount Park On Sunday

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.

10/09/2010

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