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Philadelphia Bar Association to Hold Pro Bono Name Change Clinic for Philadelphia Trans* Community

The Philadelphis Bar Association is hosting a pro bono Name Change Clinic on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. The clinic will take place virtually via Zoom.

Pennsylvania is Now Accepting Applications for the Homeowner Assistance Fund

You could be eligible for help with delinquent mortgage payments or rent-to-own payments, up to $30,000, and for help for utility expenses.

Utility Clinic in Philadelphia - March 12, 2022

A Utility Clinic will be held on March 12, 2022 at Face-to-Face Germantown in Philadelphia on March 12, 2022. Pre-Registration available to reserve a spot and be guaranteed that you will be seen by an advocate.

Expungement & Pardon Clinic in Folcroft - February 26

State Rep. David Delloso and Legal Aid of SE PA will hold an Expungement and Pardon Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 to help community members learn if record expungement might be an option for them.

Gov. Wolf Announces $4.5 Million Available for Organizations Targeted by Hate Crimes to Increase Security

Governor Tom Wolf has announced $4.5 million in new funding for the PCCD Non-Profit Security Grant Program that provides funding to churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other non-profit organizations which face bias and are targets of hate crimes.

FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week for 2022: January 31-February 4

The Federal Trade Commission will mark 2022’s Identity Theft Awareness Week - January 31-February 4 - with a series of free events focused on trending issues in identity theft.

PA Clean Slate Virtual Workshop - Chester County (Feb. 17)

A virtual Clean Slate Workshop will be presented virtually by Legal Aid of Southeastern PA for residents of Chester County on February 17, 2022.

Reentry, Resetting, and Redemption Pardon Symposium and Clinic: Part III

ALERT: THIS EVENT WILL NOW BE HELD VIRTUALLY. Join Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and Safe Corridors for “Reentry, Resetting, and Redemption Pardon Symposium and Clinic: Part III Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

LIHEAP for 2021-2022 is now open

Apply for heating assistance from Oct 18- June 17, 2022

Hurricane Ida Information

This resource acts as a guide to resources available to persons suffering from the effects of Hurricane Ida in Pennsylvania.

CFPB Releases Online Tool to Help Renters and Landlords Access Federal Assistance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a new online tool to help renters and landlords impacted by the pandemic easily find and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses.

Federal Free Legal Answers Now Offers Help to Immigrants, Asylum Seekers and Veterans

The American Bar Association Free Legal Answers program, which lets qualifying users ask civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys, has expanded to offer help on immigration and veterans’ questions.

PUC Urges Consumers & Businesses to Reach Out to Utilities to Explore Assistance Options and Address Overdue Balances

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission urged consumers or businesses that may be struggling with larger winter utility bills or overdue balances to call their public utilities today to explore all available assistance options – and to take advantage of enhanced winter options before those programs may change or end.

IRS offers guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits

The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who receive Forms 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not actually get because of identity theft to contact their appropriate state agency for a corrected form.

Free Legal Answers Now Offers Help to Immigrants, Asylum Seekers and Veterans

The American Bar Association online program ABA Free Legal Answers, which lets qualifying users ask civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys, has expanded to offer help on immigration and veterans’ questions.

All taxpayers now eligible for Identity Protection PINs

The Internal Revenue Service has expanded the Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Opt-In Program to all taxpayers. This can verify their identities to help prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns using a taxpayers' personal information.

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