Resources

Legal Resources
The fastest way to speak with an advocate is to call the Family Law Hotline at 215-981-3838 between 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost help with your legal matters, proving that Philadelphia really is “The City That Loves You Back.” Most of these organizations are located in the 19102 and 19107 ZIP codes, so they’re accessible by public transportation and close to City Hall, The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice and other Philadelphia courthouses.

This list of resources below will help you find someone to represent you or access information and/or additional services.

  1. Find someone to represent you
  2. get information or
  3. find other possible resources.

Find Someone To Represent You

  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (C.L.S.)
    1424 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    215.981.3700
    C.L.S. (North Philly Office)
    1410 W. Erie Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19140
    215.227.2400
    C.L.S. helps clients who have lower incomes with a variety of issues, including benefits, criminal records, disability, domestic violence, employment, housing, and more. C.L.S. provides free interpreters in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Korean, Bengal, Traditional Chinese, and several other languages.
  • Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA)
    718 Arch Street, Suite 3N
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    215.981.3800
    PLA provides help to clients with incomes at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. PLA provides a chart to determine if you are eligible for free assistance. If you qualify, PLA may be able to represent you through its: (1) Pennsylvania Farmworker Project; (2) Public Benefit Unit; (3) Consumer Housing Unit; or (4) Family Law Unit. Call ahead of time, and PLA will provide an interpreter for you.
  • Philadelphia VIP
    1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd, #1850
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    215.523.9550
    Philadelphia VIP accepts cases that have been referred by Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and other service organizations. VIP handles a range of cases, including child support, employment, tax, disability, housing, child custody, special education, immigration, and more. VIP clients must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Defender Association of Philadelphia
    1441 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    215.568.3190
    The Defender Association of Philadelphia is a collection of attorneys that represent people who cannot afford an attorney in their criminal and mental health proceedings. They are sometimes known as Public Defenders. This organization is different from other free legal service providers, since only the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court may appoint counsel. For more information on how a Public Defender may be able to help you, call the office or check their list of clients’ frequently asked questions.

Specialized Legal Help

  • SeniorLAW Center
    1650 Arch Street, Suite 1820
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215.988.1244
    Helpline: (877) PASRLAW

Philadelphia Family Legal Aide & Pro Bono Services

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
    216 West Somerset Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19133
    215.763.8870
    Family, Domestic Violence, Health Care and Juvenile

 

Expungement Issues
An expungement is a way to clear your criminal record. It’s a legal order that requires the prosecutors, police, and other criminal justice agencies to erase something from a record. Under Pennsylvania law, any charges that did not result in conviction are eligible to be expunged.

  • Chosen 300 Ministries, Inc.
    1116 Spring Garden Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19123
    215.765.9806
    OR
    3959 Lancaster Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    215.243.0300
    Chosen 300 Ministries, Inc. offers a free expungement services clinic every Monday from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Center City Outreach Center.
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS)
    1424 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    215.981.3700
    CLS helps people to clear their records through the expungement, sealing, and pardon processes. CLS also offers expertise on whether individuals have or will benefit from automated record sealing.
  • Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE)
    230 S. Broad Street, Suite 1102
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    267.519.5323
    To date, PLSE has filed several thousand expungement petitions in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Over 95% of those petitions have been granted.
  • The Reawakening Agency
    1338 Pennington Road
    Philadelphia PA, 19151
    267.241.7319
    The Reawakening Agency supports people who are transitioning after experiencing incarceration or homelessness.

Financial Literacy
Ms. Karen James
Senior Vice President
Citizens Bank
1501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.561.9813

GED Courses-Free
While most GED classes require payment of a registration fee, there are a few websites that offer free online GED classes and other online programs. Read below for a small sampling of free online GED courses.

 

Employment
James (Jim) Caldwell
Employment Navigator
Health Promotion Council – Focus on Fathers
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267.879.5734


Housing
Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program
Habitat for Humanity Resources for Homeowners
Emergency Rental Assistance
Philadelphia Eviction Protection Project


Jobs
Essential job listings


COVID-19 resources
Testing Sites – some of these are FREE of cost
Cap4Kids – List of resources from where to get tested, how to apply for rental assistance or eviction protection, locate food banks, find essential job listings etc.
Vaccine sign-up list – Find information on how you get vaccinated and reserve your spot in line.
Stimulus Check Issues
Employees Affected by Covid-19/Unemployment
Child care for essential employees
Free meals and safe play spaces while schools are closed


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