Philadelphia Legal Assistance has launched Make Your Case, a series of legal self-help videos. With a grant from the Legal Services Corporation, APL lawyers developed three self-help videos for people who come to detention, support and protection from abuse cases in family court. Available in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese and Indonesian, the video series provides a valuable legal resource for people with limited English skills. Videos from the Make Your Case series are also available on PaLawHelp.org under the themes of child custody and guardianship, family allowances and paternity, and domestic violence and protection from abuse under the main heading Children and families. Sometimes the bureaucracy doesn`t want to listen, especially when it makes a mistake. A limited-income grandmother was informed that she had received an overpayment of $1,100 in Social Security benefits and was ordered to repay it. At that time, the woman was struggling to pay for a new roof and stove for the old house where she looked after her granddaughter. One of our legal aid membership programs, North Penn Legal Services, appealed against them. In the end, it was decided that the overpayment was the fault of Social Security and the claim for reimbursement was withdrawn. Without legal aid, the woman would have been unjustly punished.
Select an issue below to begin your search for useful resources about your legal rights, the law, and the courts, and look for legal counsel and forms that can help you resolve your issue. Neighborhood Legal Services provides free civil law services to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford a private lawyer. Depending on the particular civil law issues, they may offer direct representation, advice, self-defense assistance, acute care/limited legal assistance, or referral to a private lawyer (including free and discounted fees). They also offer community building on legal issues. Scroll down for more LASP resources on COVID-19-related legal issues. For the client: Clients who need free legal advice can find help in several ways: Deadline to apply for femA support: extended until January 10, 2022. Need help with your FEMA application, FEMA rejection, or other legal issues related to Hurricane Ida? Call 877-429-5994 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or leave a message. Other legal issues that the LASP may be able to help with can be found lasp.org/hurricane-ida. HELPLINE HOURS MONDAY TO FRIDAY FROM 9 A.M.
to 1 p.m. (valid as of March 15, 2021). A new phone system allows paralegals and lawyers on the LASP Hotline to answer more calls at once while remaining socially distant to meet COVID-19 guidelines. The schedule is a return to long-term assistance hours and should provide shorter wait times for callers. Check out lasp.org/events for free legal information events. Working with other local and regional nonprofits and state legislators, LASP attorneys discuss current legal issues, usually in about an hour: eligibility is determined by your monthly income, working capital, family size, the type of legal problem you have, where you live, and some other factors. In most cases, applicants must comply with financial and asset guidelines to be eligible for services. LASP Helpline hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our new phone system allows more calls to be taken at the same time, while paralegals and lawyers can comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Call the helpline at 877-429-5994 or start a request online 24/7 at lasp.org/apply.
Several legal aid lawyers across the state, including Christina Drzal of LASP, a regional housing supervision attorney, are discussing the implementation of the CDC`s moratorium in Pennsylvania. Excerpt: “Bucks County officials are urging other counties to take advantage of a court ruling they recently won and suspend the process of evicting the thousands of Pennsylvanians who are at risk of being evicted from their homes.” Legal service providers often face the challenge of providing complex and scalable legal advice to many of them. Free legal awareness: virtual, personal and hybrid: lasp.org/events. If you live in Pennsylvania and need help with a legal case, but can`t afford to pay for a lawyer, the following groups may be able to help: Phones at all LOCAL LASP offices will be answered or checked during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (However, local offices are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 guidelines.) Click here to see how we can help you with utilities, LIHEAP and Weatherization. Chief Justice Max Baer and PBA President Wilkinson ask lawyers to support pro bono service Pennsylvania Chief Justice Max Baer has partnered with PBA President Kathleen Wilkinson to encourage all attorneys to commit to providing pro bono service through direct representation and financial support. Read the letter to nearly 75,000 registered lawyers in Pennsylvania. “NAACP Forum Offers Help with Rental Assistance Programs” The Pennsylvania Bar Association, in partnership with ABA Free Legal Answers, has launched Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers. Questions from clients and volunteer lawyers are welcome on site. Times-Herald and Lansdale Reporter Story by Gary Puleo: bit.ly/3asyxA4 | March 27, 2020 by Bill Rettew | West Chester Daily Local News | January 13, 2021: bit.ly/Evictions_DailyLocal-1-13-2021 habitability (must be repaired to live safely) Excerpt: Bucks County can pursue an administrative order granting temporary residency on certain evictions for non-payment of rent. New: The Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund for Homeowners Experiencing Financial Hardship Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic is accepting applications as of February 1, 2022.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Pennsylvanians who need help with rentals or utilities have several options. by Stacey Mandel | | Delaware County Daily Times Aug. 7, 2021 Gaping loopholes and vague state guidelines leave some Pennsylvania families despite federal ban on evictions VISTA.Today article: bit.ly/2BtpkuQ | June 21, 2020 The LASP`s e-newsletter is published 11 to 12 times a year. Legal aid can | in case of problems due to Charlotte Keith`s arrangement to stay at home help Spotlight PA & Philadelphia Inquirer | August 11, | 2021 bit.ly/3sdbHWN Click here to see the full list of utilities we use to help our customers (including SNAP, health insurance, etc.). “The program has provided $9.2 million to homeowners and utilities in Bucks County” Join our pro bono program and make a difference in YOUR community! “Southeast Pa. Counties lead resolution of `crazy` eviction failures Chester County officials offer these | by Katie Meyer in the face of eviction, support for WHYY news | August 10, 2021 | bit.ly/2VNE7L3 Through this program, PBA members review issues and process cases free of charge in their areas of practice or expertise for the Poor of Pennsylvania. The ABP Pro Bono Office and the Public Committee`s Legal Services coordinate the program. The Emergency Rent Assistance Program (PRAP) was created to help tenants overcome financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For eligible households, the program helps pay rent, late rent balances, electricity and home energy costs. Learn what the program offers or find your district program to apply. (Note: Spotlight PA is an independent and unbiased editorial board and a partnership between the Philadelphia Inquirer, PennLive/The Patriot News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and WITF Public Media.) Brandt`s blog post “Digital Notebook” contains additional information for tenants: bit.ly/3B88ds1. Philadelphia Inquirer, page 1 | Sunday, 1.
November 2020 | bit.ly/35RBvNs “Pa Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Bucks County Eviction Residency Program” “What Tenants in Pennsylvania Need to Know About Available Help, New Eviction Ban: Pennsylvania Has More Than $1 Billion in Rent Subsidies Available to People Who Have Defaulted Due to the Pandemic” Mobile Homes Are Overwhelmed, and the Chester County program brings relief “The Supreme Court gives Pa. County agrees to delay eviction cases while tenants wait for relief for tenants » Welcome to Charlotte Keith`s Pennsylvania Bar Association pro bono program | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | August 2, 2021 | bit.ly/3gORDpm local, state, and federal resources are lasp.org/hurricane-ida, including the application (“Registration”) for assistance from FEMA. The Low-Income Residential Energy Assistance Program (LPIAP) helps low-income families pay for their heating costs. LIHEAP is a grant. You don`t have to pay it back. The program is open from October 8, 2021 to May 6, 2022. You can apply online with Compass or through your local district help desk. By volunteering for the LASP pro bono program, you directly expand access to justice. For more information: lasp.org/pro-bono. LASP offers volunteer opportunities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties that reflect the needs of each county. Specific and current areas of need are lasp.org/pro-bono-portal. Pro bono legal assistance related to Hurricane Ida and evictions is needed in all four counties.
APPLY NOW! Tenant assistance is available in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Besuchen Sie unsere Website-News-Seite unter bit.ly/rent-utility-help oder lasp.org/news Links und Anwendungsinformationen für das Bucks Emergency Rental Assistance (BERA) -Programm, das Chester County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program, das Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) und die Montgomery County Emergency Rent and Utility Coalition (ERUC).