PLA's legal services help clients stay in their homes.  We advise thousands of homeowners each year about what they need to do to avoid losing their homes to mortgage foreclosure or real estate tax foreclosure.  In a limited number of cases, we defend mortgage foreclosure cases in court or represent clients in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

Clients who rent from a private landlord, or live in public housing, or have problems with public utilities should contact Community Legal Services instead of PLA.

How to get help with Housing

The following departments at PLA provide legal assistance with Housing:

Intake Procedure:

Applicants need to call the Save Your Home Philly Hotline.

Self-Help Resources

Help for Homeowners and Renters during COVID-19 Presentation Resources

Philadelphia Legal Assistance and Community Legal Services partnered to bring homeowners and tenants resources during the pandemic. The downloadable powerpoints include: 

  • Information on the COVID 19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and how to apply​

  • Information on the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program and how to apply ​

  • Protections for renters and homeowners during the pandemic​

  • How to get help if you are facing eviction or foreclosure​

Asistencia con su hipoteca durante el COVID-19

Asistencia con su hipoteca durante el COVID-19

Los propietarios de Filadelfia con preguntas individuales deben llamar a la línea directa de Save Your Home Philly de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. de lunes a viernes al 215-334-4663.

How to Get Help with your Mortgage During COVID-19

How to Get Help with your Mortgage During COVID-19

Philadelphia homeowners with individual questions should call the Save Your Home Philly Hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday at 215-334-4663.

Information and assistance available from Community Legal Services

Community Legal Services offers legal information, advice and/or representation in the following areas:


Jasper Katz - Attorney
Jane Nylund - Attorney
Margaret Robinson - Attorney

Margaret Robinson supervises the Save Your Home Philly Hotline.

Joyce Smith - Paralegal
Irwin Trauss - Attorney

Irwin Trauss is the Supervising Attorney of the Consumer Housing Unit.

Joanne Werdel - Attorney