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10/28/2016

The Consumer Finanacial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Your Money, Your Goals Cohort. Approximately 30 organizations from around the country are sought who are interested in using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit to help build the financial capability of the people they serve. 

CFPB is interested in working with organizations that serve low-income and economically vulnerable populations in the Cohort. These may include public and private social service, faith-based, legal aid, volunteer, and worker-focused organizations. 

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10/28/2016

Everyone votes PA logoSecretary of State Pedro A. Cortés has encouraged Pennsylvania voters to educate themselves about rights they have when they go to the polls on November 8 and offers some important points regarding voter rights.

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10/28/2016

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceAs Domestic Violence Awareness Month draws to a close, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law legislation that will give prosecutors additional tools to protect victims of domestic violence by criminalizing cases of non-fatal strangulation. The new law makes strangulation a form of criminal assault

Non-fatal strangulation is a tactic that abusers use to terrorize their victims, often as a control method in an abusive relationship. Strangulation also dramatically increases the likelihood of lethality in domestic violence situations. Yet, until now, prosecutors lacked the ability to effectively criminalize the act against abusers and provided added protection to victims.

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10/27/2016

2016 MLK Program InternsPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking first and second year law students to participate in our 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program.  This is a paid internship program that is designed is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. All interested law students are encouraged to apply. 

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10/25/2016

When a home is a place of violence, residents are vulnerable to losing their housing through eviction, coercion, or abuse.  On October 24, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development finalized a new rule to protect the housing of survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Read HUD’s final rule.

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