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August 10, 2020
On September 1, the statewide Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) will begin its next year of helping attorneys employed at civil legal services organizations funded by Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (PA IOLTA) better manage their undergraduate and law school debt. The LRAP is
August 10, 2020
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is seeking comments about the PUC’s current moratorium on utility terminations, and asking for input regarding protections for at-risk consumers, should the PUC’s moratorium on all utility terminations be lifted.
August 6, 2020
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (MA-4) called on Congressional leadership yesterday to provide $2.5 billion funding for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and civil legal aid organizations in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package.
August 4, 2020
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today reminded Pennsylvanians who receive assistance in the form of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Medical Assistance that the CARES Act Economic Impact Payments do not
August 4, 2020
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has calculated it would cost $2,567,000,000 for its grantees to meet the legal needs of low-income Americans at risk of eviction. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives and financial security of people across the country, experts are warning of a
July 29, 2020
The Internal Revenue Service provided a reminder that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act can help eligible taxpayers in need by providing favorable tax treatment for withdrawals from retirement plans and IRAs and allowing certain retirement plans to offer expanded loan
July 28, 2020
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in this case that an unemployed worker who had already qualified for unemployment compensation benefits cannot be disqualified as “self-employed” when he then starts driving for Uber.
July 24, 2020
Legal services providers nationwide anticipate a spike in legal needs arising from COVID-19. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) conducted a survey studying the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on legal aid organizations and low-income Americans seeking legal help. The data was collected from June 15-23

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