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Philadelphia Legal Assistance

42 South 15th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-981-3800 (phone)
215-981-3860, 3870 (fax)
  • 215-981-3800
  • To provide free civil legal services to Philadelphia’s low-income community.
  • Income guidelines: below 200% of poverty, except that the Save Your Home Philly Hotline is available to all Philadelphia homeowners.
    Geographic guidelines: Philadelphia residents or referral of non- residents with Philadelphia-based cases
  • Walk-in intake: M & W, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Telephone intake: T & Th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    No appointment needed for new clients.
    Intake for Family Law, CASAC (Custody And Support
    Assistance Clinic) and the Guild Food Stamp Clinic is handled separately. Family law intake is telephone only: M, W, & F, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Family law intake line: 215-981-3838.
    For intake days and times, call 215-981-3800.
  • Family Law: Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence, and Support.

    Public Benefits: Cash assistance, Food stamps (SNAP), Medical Assistance, SSI, and Unemployment Compensation.

    Housing: preserving homeownership, mortgage foreclosure, real estate tax foreclosure, predatory lending, bankruptcy
  • Direct legal services through individual client representation in the practice areas listed above.

    Outreach to Latina victims of domestic violence through Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Once a month, an attorney counsels Latina women on domestic violence and family law issues at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Appointments must be made through Congreso’s domestic violence program.

    The Custody and Support Assistance Clinic, Inc. (CASAC): Provides advice and pro se assistance to low-income families on child custody and child support matters. The clinic is operated by University of Pennsylvania law students at PLA. To find out dates and times of operation, people may call the intake phone number listed above.

    Guild Food Stamp Clinic: Provides assistance/representation to individuals seeking to obtain/ maintain food stamp benefits. The Guild Food Stamp Clinic is operated by law students from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. To find dates/times of operation, call 215-981-3800.

    Pennsylvania Farmworker Project: Provides representation to migrant farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania in employment and housing matters. Intake is done on an outreach basis at farm labor camps throughout the state or by telephone by calling (888) 541-1544 toll free.

    Public Benefits Outreach Project: Community education presentations on the changes in welfare law are conducted at various community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia.

    Save Your Home Philly Hotline: Funded by the City of Philadelphia, the Hotline operates 24/7 as a single point of access to a wide variety of services to help Philadelphia residents avoid foreclosure. Provides legal advice, brief legal services, and referrals to housing counselors and lawyers. 215-334-HOME (4663)

    Outreach to Asian Victims of Domestic Violence: A bilingual paralegal provides outreach to the Asian community at community events and through collaboration with agencies serving the
    Asian community. Applicants for service can access services through the family law intake process: 215-981-3838.
  • Anita Santos-Singh, Esq.