Community Legal Services

Main Office: 1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; North Philadelphia Law Center: 1410 W. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Main Office: 215-981-3700; North Philadelphia Law Center: 215-227-2400 (phone)
Main Office: 215-981-0434 North Philadelphia: 215-227-2435 (fax)
http://www.clsphila.org/
  • Main Office: 215-981-3700 North Philadelphia: 215-227-2400 Housing Unit: 215-981-3700
  • To help low income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters, advocating for their legal rights, and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them.
  • Income guidelines: Below 125% federal poverty level; limited representation to clients with incomes between 125-200% federal poverty level; Geographic guidelines: Philadelphia
  • Main Office: Walk-in, M-F, 9 am to noon North Philadelphia Law Center: Walk-in M, W, F, 9 am to noon Section 8: Walk-in or phone, T &Th, 9 am to noon Landlord/tenant: Walk-in or phone, M-W, 9 am to noon
  • Housing, Government benefits, consumer rights, employment, utilities, elderly, dependency and neglect, health, and other non-criminal legal issues.
  • 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.
  • Catherine C. Carr, Esq.
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