Community Legal Services

Community Legal Services
Pat Loeb/KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
August 08, 2019 - 3:16 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A program designed to keep older Philadelphians in their homes will expand to more of the city's gentrifying neighborhoods, with the help of state funding for Community Legal Services (CLS). State legislators presented a giant check to CLS attorney Dawn Williams...
Read More
Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
Bodhichita/Getty Images
Pat Loeb
August 01, 2019 - 6:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The General Assistance program for low-income Pennsylvanians officially ended Thursday, and a legal effort to keep it operating has failed. Commonwealth Court rejected an injunction request by Community Legal Services (CLS), on behalf of several clients, to block the...
Read More
Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
Bodhichita/Getty Images
Pat Loeb
July 23, 2019 - 3:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The General Assistance program for low-income Pennsylvanians is scheduled to end on Aug. 1 , but two nonprofit legal groups are trying to save it. Community Legal Services (CLS) and Disability Rights Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit, arguing that the state acted...
Read More
Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images
Cherri Gregg
May 02, 2019 - 10:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Lawyers from 19 financial institutions across the country came together to provide free legal services for a first of its kind day of giving back. Vivien Wiggins Crews spent about an hour working with a trio of free attorneys and more than a dozen financial...
Read More
Gov. Tom Wolf introduces his “My Clean Slate” program to help people navigate the new law, Jan. 2, 2019.
The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr
Tony Romeo
January 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation "Clean Slate" law is now in effect, and a new program has been launched to help people take advantage of it. The Clean Slate law took effect the day after Christmas, and already, Gov. Tom Wolf says hundreds of people who may have...
Read More
A recent study by the Philadelphia bar association found that the city's high eviction rate could be reduced if tenants had lawyers in eviction proceedings, just as most landlords do.
ID 62880774 © Oleg Dudko | Dreamstime.com
Pat Loeb
November 26, 2018 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's Landlord-Tenant Court is on the 6th floor of a Center City office building. Each morning and afternoon, a court officer calls a list of several dozen cases. But most of the work happens through a side door that leads to a series of rooms where the...
Read More
Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
October 16, 2018 - 7:21 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia has "banned the box" on job applications, the box that indicates a criminal record. Now, city officials have their sights set on doing the same for college applications. Mary Baxter has had a hard and complicated life. Her resilience shows in her recent...
Read More
Dreamstime
Cherri Gregg
July 09, 2018 - 8:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A North Jersey woman who used an electric-powered oxygen tank to breathe, died of heart failure Thursday just hours after PSE&G cut off her electricity. A nonprofit lawyer in Philadelphia says that this situation could have been prevented in Pennsylvania. The...
Read More
Pat Loeb
April 27, 2018 - 5:51 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two tenants living in West Philadelphia apartment buildings have been spared from eviction after a judge ordered the landlord to keep the buildings open and operating. SBG Management Services sent certified letters to tenants of Dorsett Court and Admiral Court at 48th...
Read More