Direct legal services, administrative/legislative advocacy, class action litigation, and community education in the following:
Housing: Handles landlord/tenant and public housing issues and assists homeowners facing difficulties with their mortgages. Community Legal Services (CLS) advocates on behalf of tenants and homeowners in administrative and legislative forums.
Public Benefits: Including welfare, social security, food stamps, medical assistance and Medicare issues. CLS advocates on behalf of clients. CLS has recently been involved with the recent changes in federal and state welfare law, the SSI program and the shift of Medical Assistance to managed care. Consumer: Represents individuals who face foreclosure on their homes, have been victims of fraudulent practices, encounter banking or check cashing agency problems or face other consumer law violations.
Employment: Handles employment discrimination cases, unemployment compensation issues, and a variety of issues that come up for low-income workers. CLS advocates on behalf of clients who face many legal issues raised by the institution of workfare requirements.
Energy: Represents clients having trouble making utilities payments and facing termination of utilities. Serves as the public advocate before the Philadelphia Gas Commission, protecting the interests of consumers in rate setting and other proceedings.
Elderly Law Project: Provides assistance to elderly Philadelphians in and out of institutional settings on a variety of issues, including medical assistance and Medicare problems.
Family Advocacy: Represents parents of children faced with allegations of child neglect or abuse, providing them with constitutionally required representation as they seek to maintain family unity and access support services.
Advocating on Behalf of Children Program: Outreach to families with disabled children. Assists parents in obtaining SSI benefits for their children.