HAP and Comcast Co-Host a Birth Certificate Clinic

By |2019-05-17T12:13:41-04:00May 15th, 2019|Blog|

On May 15, 35 volunteers from Comcast and 4 volunteers from the law firm, DLA Piper, processed 112 birth certificate applications (88 for adults and 24 for children) from nine states at Comcast’s 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Headquarters. This crucial identifying document helps our clients access employment, housing, and other services.

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HAP Negotiates New Application Process to Obtain Puerto Rico Birth Certificates

By |2019-05-23T11:45:32-04:00May 8th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

HAP’s Senior Staff Attorney Pat Malley and Director of Operations Tanya Rambert, with help from Dechert legal assistant Denise Neris, negotiated with the attorney for the Puerto Rico Department of Vital Records to obtain clarification of the application process to receive birth certificates from Puerto Rico.  After months of HAP volunteers having their clients’ applications […]

VA Fully Implements New Appeals Law

By |2019-09-03T15:40:48-04:00April 11th, 2019|Blog, Veterans Blog|

On February 19th of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (AMA), which was passed by Congress in 2017. Over the last year, the VA offered some veterans the option of participating in a pilot program that greatly resembled the new program. Now that the new […]

HAP and PECO/Exelon Host a Birth Certificate Clinic

By |2019-03-14T12:38:31-04:00March 14th, 2019|Blog|

On March 13, 2019, 53 volunteers from the corporate legal departments of PECO/Exelon, Comcast, Farmers Insurance, and Merck; and the law firm Morgan Lewis, assisted 99 homeless clients (75 adults and 24 children) in applying for their birth certificates from Pennsylvania and 7 other states. Thank you to PECO/Exelon and team pro bono leaders Jennedy […]

1st HAP KARE Clinic a Success

By |2019-02-05T10:41:21-05:00February 5th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

This year, HAP launched the Duffy KARE (Kensington, Advocacy, Representation and Empowerment) Project with funding from HAP Board Member, Tom Duffy. HAP held its first KARE legal clinic at the Kensington Storefront on Friday, February 1. Many thanks to Morgan Lewis who sent five new volunteer attorneys to […]

HAP Homeless Client Receives Favorable Decision

By |2019-01-31T15:31:24-05:00January 31st, 2019|Blog|

“We face a lot of challenges in our country and our world, which can seem overwhelming. But there are individuals in our community, here in Philadelphia, that are struggling and can really use a helping hand navigating the legal system. As lawyers, we have the privilege of being able to help.”– HAP volunteer Luke Repici, […]

SOAR is Adding a Child Curriculum!

By |2019-01-17T17:48:25-05:00January 17th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

We look forward to working with our partners at Social Security and the Pennsylvania BDD (Bureau of Disability Determination) to expand the benefits of HAP’s successful SOAR Project to Philadelphia’s youth population–HAP attorneys Laura Kolb and Michele Levy are already on the ball. Laura attended SOAR’s nation-wide Leadership Academy last week in Washington, DC and […]

February SNAP Benefits

By |2019-01-17T17:46:05-05:00January 17th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

Due to the federal government shutdown, Pennsylvania is issuing February SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits early. Benefits that would normally be received in February, will be issued on Friday, January 18th, and these benefits will be available for use on Saturday, January 19th. This is not a bonus and people will not be receiving […]

Department of Defense Legal Memos Addressing Mental Health and Discharge Upgrades

By |2018-12-18T10:31:41-05:00December 18th, 2018|Blog, Veterans Blog|

Hagel and Kurta Memos

Recently the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented rules to provide guidance to Discharge Review Boards (DRB) and Boards of Corrections of Military Records (BCMR) when addressing discharge upgrades for veterans who suffered with mental health issues while in the service.

These DOD Memos were put into effect to address the overwhelming number of […]