PLA Blog

How HUD’s Proposal to Evict 55,000 Children will Affect Philadelphia’s Immigrant Communities 

All communities need access to stable, affordable housing to grow and thrive. As a social determinant of health, sub-par housing can lead to many negative health outcomes such as asthma, stressed mental health, and lead exposure. Legal interns Lauren Davis of the Medical-Legal-Community Partnership and Maddi Gray of the Consumer Housing Unit discuss the state of stable, affordable housing for families and how the Department of Housing and Development’s proposal to limit immigrant families’ access to housing assistance may impact their health and livelihood.

All Sexual Assault Survivors Deserve Independence

All Survivors of Sexual Assault Deserve Independence

All sexual assault survivors deserve independence and autonomy as they build a life of their choosing, yet outdated PA laws make it difficult for single parents to do so.

Arly Smith-Pearson, Staff Attorney in our Family Law Unit, represents survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence in child custody and protective order cases, often in collaboration with advocates from our partners at WOAR and WAA. To recognize April as sexual assault awareness month, Arly highlights how challenging the legal system is for survivors—even as they “win” their criminal and civil suits.

Four Things I Didn’t Know Before Becoming a Tax Advocate for Low-Income Taxpayers

Image of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia with the text "Four Things I Didn’t Know Before Becoming a Tax Advocate for Low-Income Taxpayers" by Anthony Marqusee

Anthony Marqusee has been an advocate in Philadelphia Legal Assistance's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic since 2017. In this blog post Anthony describes four things he's learned about how audits affect low-income people.

PLA Wins Commonwealth Court Victory in Uber Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 25, 2018

Julia Simon-Mishel
Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Phone: (215) 981-3889