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HAP and Comcast Co-Host a Birth Certificate Clinic

By |2019-11-12T16:24:55-05:00November 12th, 2019|HAPpenings|

On Tuesday, November 12, 22 legal volunteers from Comcast and Morgan Lewis assisted 73 homeless individuals (56 adults and 17 children) with their Birth Certificate applications at a HAP birth certificate legal clinic held at Project HOME!

Many thanks to all the HAP Volunteers, some of whom are pictured here.

HAP Opposes Proposed Rule That Would Allow Discrimination in Healthcare

By |2019-08-13T14:43:58-04:00August 13th, 2019|HAPpenings|

The Homeless Advocacy Project submitted comments opposing a proposed rule that would amend regulations that implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (RIN 0945-AAll). As a legal services program dedicated to the elimination of homelessness, we are compelled to oppose the proposed action which is without justification and will undoubtedly lead to decreased […]

HAP Joins Challenge Against Elimination of General Assistance in Pennsylvania

By |2019-08-03T10:33:09-04:00August 3rd, 2019|HAPpenings|

HAP joined an Amicus Brief in the class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional elimination of General Assistance in Pennsylvania.  General Assistance provided a very small amount of monthly income to people with disabilities, people fleeing domestic violence, people completing treatment for substance use disorder, and children in the care of non-relatives. General Assistance ended on August […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SOAR Services Now Available for Children!

By |2018-11-19T12:55:52-05:00November 19th, 2018|HAPpenings|

SOAR services now available for children! SOAR Works! (PRAINC.) just published a new online course to provide SOAR training to child advocates. Laura Kolb, supervisor of HAP’s Children, Youth, and Families Project (CFP), served on an expert panel during the creation of this new curriculum. Stay tuned, as HAP and agency partners explore new opportunities […]