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01/04/2017

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia - Est. 1966

A report detailing affordable housing at risk of being lost due to owner opt-out was released by the Justice Lab clinic at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law and Community Legal Services (CLS).

In response to the report, CLS is calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development, City of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority to take action to protect affordable housing for low-income tenants in the City.

PLAN E-News
01/03/2017
The Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation System recently lost about half of its staff, many of whom used to answer the phone lines. As a result, you may be experience problems reaching representatives or quickly receiving benefits.

If you have had problems reaching representatives from Unemployment Compensation (UC), you can submit a complaint using a new complaint site at https://uccomplaint.org, that has been created by Philadelphia Legal Assistance. The Complaint System also lists resources and information for claimants about the UC process.

PLAN E-News
12/21/2016

Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has released the November-December 2016 edition of Health Law PA News. Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website.

PLAN E-News
12/21/2016

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prevent and end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a record $1.95 billion in grants to nearly 7,600 homeless assistance programs across throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Programs in Pennsylvania are scheduled to receive in excess of $100 milllion in this round of grants. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

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12/20/2016

PILP - Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Pittsburgh challenging the way officials treat pregnant women held at the Allegheny County Jail. The lawsuit alleges that jail officials routinely place pregnant women in solitary confinement for extended periods of time without justification, knowing full well that this practice can harm the health of the women and their pregnancies.

The suit was filed on behalf of five preganant inmates at the facility by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Reed Smith LLP. Attorneys for the women are asking that the complaint be certified as a class-action.

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